From NYT’s Easy-To-Miss Post To BBC’s ‘Monster’ Rocket, Here’s how Foreign Media Covered ISRO Rocket Launch
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III rocket lifted off from the Sriharikota space launch centre, an island off the coast of south-east Andhra Pradesh state, and placed GSAT-19, the heaviest communications satellite weighing 3,136-kg, into orbit around 16 minutes after its launch.
When GSLV-Mk III pierced through the sky after its launch, the rocket finally broke ISRO’s malediction of failing to achieve success in maiden rocket launches.
With this feat, India entered the global market of heavy payload launches. India had so far relied on European space agencies to send heavy satellites into space.
The foreign media has been chronicling India’s success in space for over the years. The launch of the heaviest rocket which also paved the way to carry humans into space was also celebrated across global media outlets.
BBC hailed the launch calling it a ‘Monster’ rocket. Highlighting the importance of rocket launch for India, the BBC report said, “The launch has been euphoric, and often colourful, with websites comparing the rocket to the weight of 200 elephants, or five jumbo jets.”
It further read, “Such comparisons highlight the importance of the launch for the country, which is aggressively competing to get a bigger share of the global commercial satellite launch market.”
In the spirit of finding fun facts, the BBC also did some research on the height of the rocket and found that it’s taller than the Statue of Liberty.
The rocket is 43m (141ft) tall, while the statue stands at 33.83m, minus the pedestal foundation.
The New York Times ran a simple agency copy from the Associated Press headlined – India Hopes New Rocket Can Carry Humans Into Space.
NYT, in the past, has mocked India at many occasions. In 2014, when India stormed into the ‘elite space club’ with Mangalyaan mission, the NYT published this cartoon:
The cartoon garnered heavy criticism and the publication was forced to issue an apology.
In February 2016, when India launched record 104 satellites into space, The Times Of India published this epic cartoon:
Chinese publishing house Global Times applauded India’s master stroke in space calling it a “milestone for the homegrown space program.”
Pakistan’s leading newspaper The Dawn also covered the launch of the heaviest satellite by India.
ISRO had faced several setbacks since 1970s when it started developing technology to launch satellites.
The successful launch of GSLV Mk III, which cost 300 crores, ISRO has set the stage for a manned mission. With the development and launch of this advanced homegrown engine, India has joined the elite club of nations -US, European Space Agency, Russia, China and Japan, which have mastered the cryogenic engine technology’.
Source:- India times