Chandrayaan-2 mission launch has been called off due to a technical snag in the launch vehicle, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. Chandrayaan-2 mission, India’s second mission to the Moon, was scheduled to be launched at 2:51 am on Monday. However, just 56 minutes before the Chandrayaan-2 launch, the ISRO postponed the Moon mission owing to a technical snag.
The space agency has not announced the new date to the Chandrayaan-2 mission launch. According to the reports, a revised date for the Chandrayaan-2 launch will be announced later.
Addressing a press conference, ISRO’s public relations officer (PRO) Guruprasad said that a technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system. Due to the technical snag, Guruprasad noted, the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 was deferred.
“India’s second mission to Moon, Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLVMkIII-M1 has been called off due to a technical snag. A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan-2 launch has been called off for today, and a, revised launch date will be announced later. ” the ISRO Officer said.
India’s second lunar spacecraft was to be launched at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am.
The lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighed 3,850 kg and comprised an orbiter, the lander and the rover.
When launched, Chandrayaan-2 will be the first Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface. This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to carry out a soft landing on the Moon.