The launch of India’s second mission to moon – Chandrayaan-2 – has been delayed for the second time, according to a top official. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch Chandrayaan-2 no sooner than January, the official added.
ISRO had first planned the launch in April. In a setback for ISRO, the launch of a military communication satellite GSAT-6A was unsuccessful as it lost communication.
Following this failure, the space agency had called off the launch of GSAT-11 from from Kourou, French Guiana, for additional technical checks.
Last September the PSLV-C39 mission carrying the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite had been unsuccessful after the heat shield refused to open and release the satellite.
After these two setbacks, ISRO is now being cautious as Chandrayaan-2 is one of the crucial launches for the space agency.
Last September, the PSLV- C39 mission, carrying the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite, failed after the heat shield refused to open and release the satellite.
“We don’t want to take any risk,” said the official, requesting anonymity. There are certain windows during which the mission could be launched, the official added. The next launch window is likely to be in January.
Chandrayaan-2 will be ISRO’s first time attempt to land a rover on the Moon.