Two setbacks in two days is certainly very sad.After the Agni-3 launch failure yesterday, today it was the turn of the GSLV.
ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair, admitting the failure of the mission, said “things have gone wrong in the stage of separation (of the booster from the launch vehicle). We have to analyse the data why it went wrong”.
It has been a very sad couple of days. But we need to remember that these things happen in this field. Every major space and missile power the US, Russians etc… have suffered such setbacks. The most recent in public memory is the space shuttle Columbia disaster.
It is imperative that we support our scientists when they need it the most right now in their moment of despair. They have invested so much of their time, effort and dedication in this project and indeed it is quite a painful personal loss to them.
We as a country need to stay the course and make sure such setbacks do not overpower our will to make this country a great scientific and technological power.
Here is a chronology of Rocket launches from India, both successful and unsuccessful on Rediff.
Indian scientists rally around after Agni-3 launch failure.