India Delays Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander Launch
The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) attempts for a second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, has been put on hold once more.
This time, the delay originates from an incident with the moon lander, which supported a technical malfunction during primary tests ahead of the original launch in April.
The mission was initially planned for launch at 2:51 am on Monday from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. While all arrangements were done, with the filling of fluid hydrogen and oxygen in the release vehicle was done, the release was put on hold around 2:30 am.
ISRO had looked for a window in mid-April to release the Chandrayaan-2 mission. In any case, the Vikram moon lander currently has two minor glitches on its legs, leaving the space organization in a fix. The administrator of ISRO, Dr. K. Sivan, kept on addressing this isn’t a ‘delay’ or a ‘deferment’, while the new launch window will most likely to release in May.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission comes about 11 years after India’s first campaign to the moon in October 2008 which was fruitful in giving the proof of water atoms on the lunar surface. With Chandrayaan 2, the space agency tries to touchdown on the southern side of the moon, which has not yet been investigated by some other nation previously.
It would likewise be the first occasion when India would endeavor a crucial landing on the moon, with its indigenously assembled Lander which has been named Vikram, after Dr Vikram Sarabhai, the godfather of India’s space program.
ISRO has picked one of its most dominant rockets – GSLV Mark III-M1 for the mission. It would convey an incorporated module containing an orbiter which will rotate around the moon for a time of one year, Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyaan to touchdown on the moon and gather information on mineral properties of the arrival site and the degree of water for a time of 14 earth days.
However, ISRO has also assembled a 12-part team driven by D Srinivasan RK that will evaluate the technical damage and investigate any irregularities that may have caused it during the lander drop test, where the Vikram lander kept running into issues. Both, the rover (which will be discharged from the lander after it makes a crucial landing specifically) and the orbiter, were observed to be fit and effectively pass all the vital tests and parameters for the mission.