Minutes before its scheduled early Monday launch, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) cancelled Chandrayaan-2’s launch mission. Just 56 minutes before the launch of Chandrayaan- 2, the mission to Moon was postponed due to the technical glitch.
As per the statement released by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the mission was aborted because of a technical hitch in the launch vehicle. In case, the mission launch wasn’t cancelled; it would have been India’s second mission to the Moon. India’s second mission to the Moon was scheduled to take place at 2.51 am on Monday.
The new date of the Chandrayaan-2 mission blasting off has not been declared by the space agency. As per reports, a changed date for the Chandrayaan-2 launch would be pronounced later.
Guruprasad, who is the public relations officer (PRO) of ISRO, while addressing a press conference, stated that a technical glitch was noticed in the launch vehicle system. Due to this technical issue, Guruprasad stated that the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 was postponed. He stated that India’s second mission to Moon, Chandrayaan 2 onboard a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII-M1 has been abandoned due to a glitch. As an act of ample precaution, Monday’s launch mission has been cancelled.
The lunar spacecraft was originally planned for launch at 2:51 am on Monday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. While all preparations were over, with the filling of liquid hydrogen and oxygen in the launch vehicle finished, the launch was put on hold around 2:30 am.
ISRO: A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later. pic.twitter.com/ev5FxB8WKw
— ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2019
In a statement, the ISRO also stated that it was not possible to conduct the launch within the launch window.
When launched, Chandrayaan-2 would be the first Indian expedition to try a soft landing on the lunar surface. This mission would make India the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China to carry out a soft landing on the Moon.