The Chandrayaan-2 got called off due to a technical snag on Monday, 15 July. In a tweet, ISRO said that a technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system, 56 minutes before the launch.
“It is not possible to make the launch within the launch window. Next launch schedule will be announced later,” news agency PTI quoted ISRO as saying.
Chandrayaan-2 onboard its heavy-lift rocket GSLV-MkIII, nicknamed Baahubali, was scheduled to be launched from the spaceport in Sriharikota. It’s targeted to land a rover near the unexplored Lunar Southern Pole.
The lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg and comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover was scheduled for 2:51 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC).
Eleven years after the success of its first Lunar mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 on a voyage which will then take 54 days to accomplish the task of landing on the moon through meticulously planned orbital phases.
A safe site free of hazards for landing would be decided based on pictures sent back by the camera onboard the lander and after touchdown the rover will carry out experiments for 14 Earth days.