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ISRO Scrubs GSLV-D5 Launch Due to Leak

By Marc Boucher
August 19, 2013
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ISRO Scrubs GSLV-D5 Launch Due to Leak
India's GLSV-D5 being prepped for launch.

India’s attempt at launching the GSLV-D5 rocket today with the GSAT-14 satellite was postponed due to a leak found in the second stage. The mission is a critical one for India as it is their second attempt at launching a rocket with an indigenous cryogenic engine. The first attempt failed.
At this time the propellants are being drained from the Cryogenic Stage, Liquid Second Stage and the four liquid Strap-ons of GSLV-D5.

No new launch date has been set and the rocket will be moved back to the Vehicle Assembly Building for inspection and analysis.

A press release from ISRO said “the revised launch date will be announced after a detailed assessment” suggesting this could be more than a few days hold on the launch.

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