ISRO’s GSLV-D5 launch put on hold due to technical glitch


GSLV-D5-launch-put-on-holdSriharikota: The launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-D5 (GSLV-D5) has been put on hold by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) because of a technical problem in the cryogenic engine. The GSLV-D5 was carrying communications satellite GSAT-14 and was to be launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the launch had been called off due to a leak in the fuel system. “The launch of GSLV-D5 has been called off. The countdown progressed well. After some time we observed a leak in the fuel system and because of this we had to call off the launch. We will announce a new date after the assessment of the fault,” said Radhakrishnan.

The GSLV is powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine which allows it to carry a greater payload. ISRO’s decision to put the launch on hold gains significance in light of the fact that three years ago, the GSLV-D5 launch had failed.