Indian rocket explodes

#2
Bang (literally) goes this years British foreign aid to India.
 
#5
This is the 3rd failure out of 7 launches for the GSLV (they are doing almost as badly as the Russians with the Bulava SLBM)


Probably should get some of the lads from Ariane around to sort it out.
 
#6
I feel sorry for the poor bastards who are going to be their first astronauts in 2016.....Indian rocketry is not up to even Chinese standards, never mind ours or the Yanks.
 
#11
I reakon those clever Indian rocket scientists have just re-invented the Bangalore Torpedo. :wink:
 
#12
If they have the cash to blow on big fireworks it's about time to stop the aid payments me thinks... Sadly an unlikely prospect. If anything they are more likely to put the payments up even though we can't afford it!

Of course, it might be more acceptable if said 'aid' was to somehow turn around and come back in house (UK) headed towards some UK companies that develop and export rockets/satellites that actually work... (The cash would have to come with some decent top ups from the locals of course).

 
#14
Considering the technological shift in the direction of the subcontinent, a satellite programme is understandable. Why India doesnt just pay for time on someone elses satellite is a little unclear. Perhaps rumours of Operation Ringsting are true, the linking of Tandoori restaurants globally so that the subcontinent can lead everyone everywhere to being incontinent, and then take over the world......
 
#15
I feel sorry for the poor bastards who are going to be their first astronauts in 2016.....Indian rocketry is not up to even Chinese standards, never mind ours or the Yanks.
They'll have to go back to using the old standby "The Indian Rope trick" :)
 
#16
I feel sorry for the poor bastards who are going to be their first astronauts in 2016.....Indian rocketry is not up to even Chinese standards, never mind ours or the Yanks.
Ahem. "ours"???

UK's independent launch capability consists of a bloke in Skipton with a toy rocket, does it not? Unless Mr Branson's efforts have advanced considerably.

The point about UK foriegn aid is well made but it ill behooves us Britons to feel smug about India's rocket blowing up, when we've got SFA of a space programme.
 
#17
Ahem. "ours"???

UK's independent launch capability consists of a bloke in Skipton with a toy rocket, does it not? Unless Mr Branson's efforts have advanced considerably.

The point about UK foriegn aid is well made but it ill behooves us Britons to feel smug about India's rocket blowing up, when we've got SFA of a space programme.
Frankly, who cares? When someone builds the USS Enterprise, then I'll be impressed. Until then, we have better things to spend out money on than a space program. Or Indians, come to that.
 
#19
Ahem. "ours"???

UK's independent launch capability consists of a bloke in Skipton with a toy rocket, does it not? Unless Mr Branson's efforts have advanced considerably.
ESA Portal

The EU does carry some benefits - for one, we've access to these guys' little toys. Although even their own propaganda doesn't exactly justify their existance - their 'big achievement' was something about improving the quality of bolts
 
#20
Ahem. "ours"???

UK's independent launch capability consists of a bloke in Skipton with a toy rocket, does it not? Unless Mr Branson's efforts have advanced considerably.

The point about UK foriegn aid is well made but it ill behooves us Britons to feel smug about India's rocket blowing up, when we've got SFA of a space programme.
I'm Irish, we pay for part of it, it's "ours".....So do you BTW. We also have bits and piece's in the construction of the rockets
Edit, you pay almost 7% of ESA's cost's, over 17% of the mandatory programmes.
 

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