Launch of 8th Indian GSLV Rocket with GSAT-14

The 8th launch of the Indian Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully occurred at 10:48 UTC on January 5th 2014. The launch carried the GSAT-14 communications satellite into orbit. The Satellite successfully separated at 11:06 UTC.

This flight was previously scheduled for 2013 however a fuel leak required a new second stage to be built.

This GSLV rocket was the second GSLV rocket to use an Indian built upperstage, The previous 6 flights used a Russian upperstage.

GSLV has a poor track record with 5 out of 7 previous launches ending in failure, India hopes to master the GSLV ahead of eventual use to send humans into orbit.

Source: ISRO

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