India’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 launch delayed again

James Marshall
August 7, 2018

The launch of the mission was first arranged in April. This delay may now give Israel an opportunity to edge past India with its moon landing. Not long ago, the ISRO had propelled GSAT-6A, a military correspondence satellite, yet lost correspondence with it. The Israel mission will be utilising the American Falcon-9 rocket expecting to soft land on the moon on February 13, 2019. The rover of India's second lunar mission, costing nearly Rs. 800 crores, will be made to arrive close to the yet-unexplored south post. If they manage to make it to the Moon before ISRO, it will be the fourth country to land a robot on the Moon after the USA, Russia, and China.

Chandrayaan-2 (Chandra: Moon / Yaan: Vehicle) India's second mission to the moon has been delayed until January 2019 because of technical glitches. As the weight of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft has increased, according to the source, GSLV Mk III or Isro's "fat boy", not GSLV Mk II, will now carry the spacecraft as it has the lifting capability of over four tonnes. A GSLV Mk III launch costs around Rs 4 billion and it also entails years of research and development.

Chandrayaan-2 is a model consisting of the orbiter, lander, and rover.

"Orbital module is completely ready and tested, and, as for lander, he passes the test". He needed five engines to be used for the gradual lowering and landing on the moon. tests continue in the simulated environment of the moon. The rover will leave a permanent imprint of India's flag and emblem on moon's surface.

ISRO had launched its maiden lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 in 2008. But it did crash land on the moon surface through the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) on November 14, 2008, through what is called a hard landing on the lunar surface.

So far, Russia, the USA and China have successfully soft landed a rover on the moon and now India and Israel are scrambling against each other take the fourth spot in the prestigious club. It was followed by the United States through its Surveyor-1 spacecraft that soft landed on the moon on June 2, 1966. It will aim to deploy a 6-wheeled rover on Lunar surface from a height of 100 km in Lunar orbit.

The Indian spacecraft is scheduled to land near the South pole of the moon.

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