India’s space organization is inspecting the technical snag that led to the aborting of the launch Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon, an official mentioned.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission was referred to as off shortly before lift-off early Monday by the Indian Space Research Organization when a “technical snag” was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher.
Vivek Singh, the ISRO’s media director, mentioned the organization should be capable of choosing a new launch date within days. He declined to go into details.
Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for “moon craft,” is designed for a smooth landing on the lunar south pole and to ship a rover to explore water deposits confirmed by a previous orbiting Indian space mission.
Pallava Bagla, the science editor of New Delhi Television news channel, mentioned that launch windows have to meet several technical criteria and it might take weeks or months for a new date.
He also said on his channel that the rocket and the satellite were secure, and the highly flammable liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen have been removed from the rocket.
The full details of what went mistaken can be out there when scientists can entry the rocket, and after a comprehensive analysis is carried out, he mentioned.
Dr. K. Sivan, chairman of the ISRO, said last week that the around $140 million Chandrayaan-2 mission was the nation’s most prestigious to date, partially because of the technical complexities of sentimental landing on the lunar surface — an event he described as “15 terrifying minutes.”
If India did manage the soft landing, it would be only the fourth nation to take action after the U.S., Russia, and China.