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GSAT-5P, GSLV-F06 were not insured

Both the communication satellite GSAT-5P and the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F06 that was to have put the satellite into orbit on Saturday from Sriharikota were not insured. The GSLV-F06 cost the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Rs.175 crore and GSAT-5P Rs.150 crore. The GSLV-F06 went up in smoke because the command from its electronic brain to its first stage did not go home. This happened because four connectors, which stitch up the wires conveying the signal, prised open and the wires got snapped. The GSLV-D3, which failed on April 15, 2010, also was not insured. It was to have put into orbit the communication satellite GSAT-4, which was not insured either.In both April and December, the launch vehicles and the satellites were built by ISRO. Read Full Story From Publisher

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