Monday, 6 January 2014

India joins the elite club!

ISRO on sunday successfully launched a "Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle"(GSLV-D5) with an indigenous cryogenic engine from the spaceport of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikote, Andhra Pradesh.

With this launch, ISRO became the sixth space agency in the world after the USA, Russia, China, Japan and France to achieve it.

This has been a major challenge for ISRO since 2001 after multiple unsuccessful attempts. This is India's eighth flight of GSLV. GSAT-14 is India's 23rd geostationary communication satellite, as four of GSAT-14's predecessor's were launched by GSLV during 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007 respectively. GSAT-14 would join the group of India's nine operational geostationary satellites.

Under the circumstances of continuous scams & economic failure in 2013, this launch came as an incredible new year gift for the nation. Hopefully we'll see many more successful endeavors in 2014.

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