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Indiaai??i??s planned launch of telecommunication satellite, GSAT-14, using its indigenously developed cryogenic engine in satellite launch vehicle GSLV-D5, was stopped from launching one hour and 14 minutes before scheduled launch time, at 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Reason given for the last minute termination of the scheduled launch is the noticed leak in second stage fuel system of the vehicle. The message came from the ISRO chairman, K Radhakrishnan.
Scientists of ISRO (Indian Satellite Research Organization) were safely and remotely draining the fuel: nitrogen tetroxide, liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen from the vehicle. Scientists are examining the reason of the leak in second stage fuel system; and also examining any possible damage to the rocket and vehicle because of the threat of leakage in the fuel system.
India so far has gained mastery in PSLV rocket launch vehicles. PSLV has its limit of carrying satellites that weigh less than 1,500 kg.
However, to be successful in launching the telecommunication Satellite using its Geo Satellite launch vehicle is important for India, as the country is striving hard to prove its indigenous developed cryogenic engines.
Scientists attempt had come to cropper, from two consecutive failures of GSLVs in 2010 and another one on April 15 (failure of GSLV-D3). However, scientists were very confident of a successful launching until 3:45pm, during which time the leak was first noticed.
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