GSLVEver since high school, every-time there is an missile test or satellite launch, I find the nearest TV with Doordashan and watch it. The next day, I would read all about it in the media. The last 24 hours have been devastating. Both the AGNI 3 and the INSAT 4C carrying GSLV-F02 have been unsuccessful.

The Agni-III surface-to-surface missile was test-fired off the coast of Orissa state but crashed into the Bay of Bengal without reaching its target.

The second operational flight of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F02 ended in a failure today evening. Seconds after a perfect takeoff, the 49-metre-long launch vehicle, deviated from its trajectory and plunged into the Bay of Bengal. The three-stage 414-tonne launch vehicle of the ISRO, which lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Monday evening, started under-performing right from the start and veered off its path after travelling a few kilometres into the sky.

Our scientists might be feeling a bit low right now. For them, I offer this verse from the Gita, “Strong men know not despair Arjuna, for this wins them neither heaven nor earth.”