India’s space agency suffers setback in satellite mission after technical anomaly

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India’s space agency suffered a setback while trying to put an earth observation satellite into orbit, due to a technical anomaly minutes after the rocket carrying the satellite was launched in the early hours on Thursday.

“Performance of first and second stages was normal. However, Cryogenic Upper Stage ignition did not happen due to technical anomaly. The mission couldn’t be accomplished as intended,” the Indian Space Research Organisation said in a statement.

The satellite, meant for quick monitoring of natural disasters such as cyclones, cloudbursts and thunderstorms, was launched on a geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) at 0013 GMT, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in southern India.

Photo: Smoke trails are seen across the sky as spectators return after watching the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Geo Imaging Satellite-1 (GISAT-1) launched from onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10), which failed due to a difficulty in cryogenic upper stage ignition at Sriharikota, in the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India. EPA-EFE/IDREES MOHAMMED