Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the first time in the course of history failed to keep a satellite in its orbit. ISRO gained popularity worldwide with its impeccable record of successful space missions within a limited budget. There is no developing country in the world, which had a advanced space programme like India’s. Since the inception of rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) usage, ISRO had never failed except for once in 1993. However with recent unsuccessful launch of PSLV carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) into space, the count turned to two.
The rocket took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, located off coast of Nellore. After the launch everyone believed that it is going to be another successful one, since no one ever imagined of ISRO failing. However after 10 minutes of launch, scientists observed that the rocket was slightly deviated from the trajectory that it is set to travel. The failure of the launch as stated by the officials of ISRO is because payload fairing ( the top end of the rocket in a cone like structure, where satellite is placed), failed to open trapping the satellite inside it. As a result scientists failed to place the satellite in the orbit. Scientist believe that the rocket will be in orbit for a certain period of time, but eventually it will be pulled down by the Earth’s surface and will be burned into ashes during its return flight.
This is a serious setback to ISRO’s credibility at global stage, which is so ambitious to lead the space programmes of the world. It is to be seen how ISRO will recover from this loss and move forward. Indians always believed it be the most pious institution of all and they will always continue to endorse their support for it.