India to attempt re-launch of failed satellite

Indian space authorities will try to re-launch a communications satellite three years after two successive attempts at lift-off failed.

A 29-hour countdown for the launch began on Sunday at the launch pad in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

In December 2010, the rocket disappeared in a plume of smoke moments after its launch from Sriharikota.

An earlier attempt to launch the satellite had been unsuccessful in April 2010.

India has successfully launched lighter satellites in recent years, but has faced problems sending up heavier payloads.

The Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), carrying communication satellite GSAT-14, will be powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine, officials said.

The launch is scheduled for 16:50 India time (11:20GMT) from Sriharikota launch pad.

India is seeking to increase its share of the growing commercial satellite launch market, and says it wants to send a manned mission in space in 2016.



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