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...But ask we must, given how ISRO has been one of Indian science's few success stories.Despite and because of its recent string of failures.Indeed, one of the biggest technology priorities for ISRO should be to complete the development of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).The GSLV, which has been under development for more than a decade, has held up ISRO's progress in earth science, space science and human spaceflight.Since the GSLV is not operational, ISRO is constrained to use the much less powerful Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to further its ambitions in space.The PSLV can launch about 3,250 kilogrammes to low Earth orbit (LEO).To put this in the context of the capability of launch vehicles, this is less than 1/25 of the largest launch vehicle, the Saturn V, which launched astronauts to the moon.Launch vehicles used for planetary missions are significantly more powerful than the PSLV. ...Indian Express on Nov. 5, 2013, 5:52 a.m.