The successful launch on Sunday of GSLV-D5 is proof of mature technology and leadership shown by Indian space scientists, M.Y.S. Prasad, Director of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, has said.

“It has been an exciting time since January last. A great deal of effort has been made to refurbish the GSLV. Team members from all space centres had arrived here since August last to make it a success,” said Mr. Prasad, who is also chairman of the launch authorisation board for GSLV-D5, which was powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine.

Mr. Prasad said the mission marked a qualitative jump in the acquisition and performance of the cryogenic stage, and it was indeed an achievement.

M. Chandra Dathan, Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems, expressed joy over the capability of ISRO scientists to overcome failure and take the cryogenic stage to fruition.

The successful launch stood testimony to the quality of products and retesting methods the ISRO used for its missions, he said.

S. Ramakrishnan, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, said it proved a challenge to understand what went wrong after the first launch of GSLV D5 failed.

It required a tremendous amount of work and many tests. He attributed the success to the dedication, hard work and commitment of all those involved in the mission.

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