Indian Launch Mishap Linked To Connector Failure

By Neelam Mathews mathews.neelam@gmail.com

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says the Dec. 25 failure of a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06) carrying the GSAT-5P satellite was caused by the untimely and inadvertent snapping of a group of 10 connectors located at the bottom portion of the rocket’s Russian-made cryogenic upper stage.

Some of these connectors carry command signals from the ...

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