Chandrayaan 2 Launch Cancelled: ‘Right Decision to Call Off Mission Due to Technical Snag As It Is Big,’ Say Experts
The first images of 'Baahubali', India's heaviest rocket GSLV MkIII-M, that will carry Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft (Photo Credits: IANS)

Sriharikota, July 15: Chandrayaan 2, India's ambitious moon landing mission launch was called off due on Monday following a technical snag in the 'Bahubali' rocket. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) took to Twitter saying a technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. "As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later", it added. The snag was reported about one hour before it was to blast-off from onboard a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-III from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Chandrayaan 2 Launch Called Off For Today Due to Technical Snag, ISRO To Announce New Launch Date For India's Second Moon Mission Later.

There was a lot of confusion for several minutes before ISRO came out with an official confirmation about the launch being cancelled. “A technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system at t-minus 56 minutes. As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today,” ISRO Associate Director (Public Relations), B R Guruprasad said.

According to a tweet by ANI, Ravi Gupta, Former Director Public Interface DRDO said ISRO had taken the right decision to call off the launch of Chandrayaan 2 as no chance can be taken in such a big mission. "It was the right decision to call off Chandrayaan 2 launch. We could not have taken any chance in such a big mission. Several rounds of testing are performed of every part. Every movement needs to be monitored at every second", Gupta said.

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Meanwhile, G Balachandran, Former Director, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses said, the calling off of the mission was a normal thing because it was a massive mission. "It's normal. If there're anomalies, you just can’t send it off. Mission cost is over Rs.100 cr. It may be a simple thing or complex thing, they'll analyze it", Balachandran added.

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The ISRO had scheduled the lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg and comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover was scheduled from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) on Monday. The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 onboard the heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-MkIII-M1, nicknamed Baahubali, would have taken 54 days to accomplish the task of landing on the Moon through meticulously planned orbital phases.