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December 25, 2010

VIDEO: Indian Satellite Rocket Explodes After Launch

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By: Matt Molnar
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An Indian rocket meant to deliver a communications satellite to orbit exploded 47 seconds after lifting off from Sriharikota Space Center in the nation’s Andhra Pradesh state on Saturday.

The GSAT-5P would have been India’s largest communications satellite.

A similar rocket exploded over the Bay of Bengal during a test flight this past April. Engineers blamed that failure on a seized rotor which caused a turbine to rupture due to extreme pressure.