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GSLV failure: ISRO to set up panel

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 22:43 IST

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will set up a high-level committee to probe the failure of the GSLV satellite launch rocket, officials said in Bangalore on Tuesday.

"There will be a committee to be constituted which will look into the failure. Telemetry data is available," a senior official of Bangalore-based ISRO said.

Officials said the proposed committee would undertake a detailed analysis of telemetry data from Monday's GSLV-F02 mission that was received prior to the destruction of the rocket.

The top brass of the space agency, including ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair, GSLV and INSAT mission managers and M Annamalai, Director of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR at Sriharikota, are meeting in the spaceport on Tuesday.

The GSLV failed on Monday after an apparent technical snag in the rocket's first stage.

ISRO had insured neither the Rs 96 crore INSAT-4C satellite, carried by the Rs 160-crore GSLV, nor the rocket. "We don't go for insurance for home launches," an official said.

The 55-million-dollar INSAT-4A, put in space by an Ariane rocket from French Guyana a few months ago, was insured by with a premium of around 16 million dollars.

Had ISRO opted for insuring the GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle), the premium for the rocket would have been anywhere between 20 to 80 per cent of its cost, depending on factors like the rocket's past record.

ISRO officials said the failure would have no impact on the planned Chandrayaan-I moon mission in early 2008 as it involved a PSLV, and not GSLV.

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