Feeds

Indian satellite launch ends in disaster

Oh dear...

Security for virtualized datacentres

The planned launch of a new communications satellite has ended in a shower of debris for India, as the rocket carrying it went into a tailspin just moments after launch.

The telecoms satellite, which at more than 2,000kg was set to be the heaviest India had ever put into orbit, had a textbook start. The launch went well until the first stage of separation, Indian space officials said, at which point the rocket veered off course and exploded.

Debris from the explosion fell into the Bay of Bengal.

The precise cause of the malfunction is still unclear, and Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is reported as saying: "We will analyse the data to see the sequence of events."

Officials denied the loss was a setback, describing it instead as a "disappointment", and maintaining that the launch rocket was well proven, following three successful launches.

The "disappointment" in fact follows 12 successful launches. But it also comes just days after a test fire of the Agni-III, a nuclear-capable ballistic missile, ended in failure. The surface-to-surface missile has a maximum range of around 3,000km, which means if the teething problems are resolved, it puts targets in China well within range.

As well as being a demonstration of its commercial capabilities, the launch was supposed to be a proving ground for India's lunar ambitions. The ISRO is working with NASA to get ready for an unmanned visit to the moon in 2008. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet
Probe prepares to make first landing on fast-moving rock
Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces
How much of the world's oldest computer can they find?
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.