Chandrayaan 2 called off due to technical snag

The launch of of India’s second Lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 by the heaviest rocket GSLV-MK-III, was called off at the last minute due to a technical snag.

ISRO has called off the launch of Chandrayaan 2 onboard GSLVMkIII-M1 due to technical snag. It is not possible to make the launch within the launch window. Next launch schedule will be announced later, said ISRO.

According to an ISRO official, “the technical snag was noticed. We first have to approach the vehicle to assess the problem. First we have to empty the fuel loaded in the rocket, then the rocket will be taken back for further investigation.”

In a tweet, ISRO said, “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.”

The 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover will now lift off on the 640-tonne GSLV Mark III (nicknamed “Baahubali”), India’s most powerful rocket that’s as high as a 15-storey building, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on another date. This was going to be the Mark III’s third launch.

President Ram Nath Kovind was present at the SHAR Range for
the launch. Exactly at T-56 minutes, little less than an hour before the lift off from the Second Launch Pad, the mission was called  off due to a technical snag in the three-stage launch vehicle, which uses the indigenous cryogenic engine in the upper third stage, reports said, quoting ISRO sources.

“We aim to improve our understanding of the moon, which could lead to discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole,” a statement issued by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) read.

Had everything gone well, we would have witnessed the GSLV-MkIII rocket soaring into the sky, and would have waited for the next 17 minutes with our fingers crossed to know whether the spacecraft was injected into an Earth-parking orbit.