Chandrayaan 2: Second moon to mission was postponed owing to technological setback
Much less than an hour before the scheduled launch, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) notified of the launch to be withhold due to the difficulty. “It is not possible to carry out the launch within the window,” said the mission director. The new schedule shall be publicized later.
The launch was scheduled to have taken place at 2:51 am from the second launchpad at Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC). The countdown to the launch was stopped at 56 minutes and 24 seconds.
The technological difficulty was observed when the cryogenic fuel was getting filled. The vehicle needs to be approached to examine the problem. The fuel filled in the rocket will be taken out completely, and the rocket is required to be analyzed for further more investigation. According to ISRO’s source, the whole procedure might take around 10 days. The new schedule certainly would be unveiled merely following that.
The 640-tonne rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), about 44-metre tall, is nicknamed ‘Baahubali’.
A Laser Retroreflector Array (LRA) of NASA is among the payloads which is aimed at recognizing dynamics of Earth’s Moon system and deriving indicators on Lunar interior.
The first one was on 18.12.2014 that carried Crew Module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment. The second and third GSLV-Mk III raised on 5.2.2017 and 14.11.2018 carrying communication satellites GSAT-19 and GSAT-29 respectively. Remarkably, GSLV-Mk III will likely be utilized for India’s manned space mission slated in 2022.
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A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later.— ISRO (@isro) July 14, 2019