The Indian Space Research Organisation, India has called off the launch of its one of the most ambitious project Chandrayaan 2 due to some technical snag.
The Official page of ISRO on Twitter has reported, ” A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T- 56 minutes. As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today. Revised Launch date will be announced later.”
At around 02:27 the countdown for Chandrayaan 2 launch was put on hold. Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched at 02:51 am on July 15, 2019 from the Satish Dhawan space centre.
Chandrayaan 2 is an ambitious project for India’s space agency. Chandrayaan 2 will carry an orbiter, a lander and a rover along with itself. It will take 54 days for Chandrayaan 2 to reach the lunar surface after the launch.
Chandrayaan-1, The predecessor of Chandrayaan-2, was just an orbiter while the Chandrayaan-2 has additional Lander and Rover components, which make it more difficult for the mission to execute. The primary objective of the mission is to find water on the lunar surface.
Landing the Chandrayaan-2 is one of the major concerns of the Indian space agency, ISRO. It will carry 13 Indian scientific instruments for conducting experiments on the lunar surface. Out of them, five are from India, two are from the USA and one from Bulgaria.
Chandrayaan-1 was only planned to survey moon for mineralogy mapping and 3D topography. It discovered the presence of water vapour on the Moon’s surface. The ambitious successor Chandrayaan-2 will study detailed seismography, topology, mineral identification, and distribution and also the atmosphere. The Rover will perform chemical analysis on the moon’s surface.
The rocket GSLV-MK III M-1 nicknamed BAHUBALI is to be used to launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission. The total weight of the spacecraft is 3,850 Kg including the orbiter, the lander, and the rover.