Chandrayaan 2: The Rs 978 crore launch of the Chandrayaan -2 mission had to be called off abruptly in the wee hours of Monday after a technical snag was noticed.
Chandrayaan 2: The Indian Space Research Organisation is working overtime to rectify the fault that was identified ensure that the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) with Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft takes off in the next few days.
Reacting to reports in a section of the media which have said the launch will happen between July 20-23, highly placed sources in ISRO told Financial Express Online that no dates have been set yet. “No, dates have been set yet. And when they are, we will announce.”
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The Rs 978 crore launch of the Chandrayaan -2 mission had to be called off abruptly in the wee hours of Monday after a technical snag was noticed. The GSLV-Mk III rocket was fully fuelled up before the snag was noticed in the ‘Bahubali’ rocket.
According to ISRO, a technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. And the mission was called off a precautionary measure. Without elaborating further, ISRO had on Monday said that revised launch date will be announced later.
Soon after, a high-level committee of experts was set up which to analyze the data to identify the problem and what caused it.
Said a former scientist, “The analyzing process cannot be hurried in such cases as the data is huge. All checks and counter checks will need to be carried out again before a launch date or time can be decided.” Looking at the weather conditions, depending on the position of the moon where Chandrayaan-2 has to soft-land, the launch will be decided and in all probability, the rocket might have to be emptied as it is already fuelled up.
The 640-tonne rocket GSLV-Mk III nicknamed ‘Bahubali’ stands at a height of 44 meters tall, and it is expected to carry the 3.8 tonne Chandrayaan-2. There are three stages including the Orbiter with a 2,379 kg and eight payloads, the Lander `Vikram’ -1,471 kg, with four payloads and `Rover’ `Pragyan’27 kg, with two payloads.