Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief, K Sivan on Sunday informed that all preparatory work for Chandrayaan-2 launch has been completed and the technical snags that had developed in the first attempt have been rectified.
The countdown for the launch will begin on Sunday evening and Chandrayaan-2 will perform 15 crucial manoeuvres in days to come, said Sivan.
Chandrayaan-2 flight was aborted an hour before its lift-off in the wee hours of Monday. Later, ISRO had rectified the fault in its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III).
ISRO, on Thursday, had announced that the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will be launched on July 22, seven days after India’s ambitious mission to the Moon was aborted after a technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system.
According to the space agency, the launch has been rescheduled at 2.43 pm (IST) on Monday.
“Chandrayaan-2 launch, which was called off due to a technical snag on July 15, 2019, is now rescheduled at 2.43 pm. IST on Monday, July 22, 2019,” the Indian Space Research Organisation had tweeted.
The announcement came a day after the fault in the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) was rectified. The ISRO officials had said that the glitch had been rectified and that the launch could happen between July 20-23.
The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission is a prestigious one as it is aimed to make India the fourth nation in the world to land and ride on the moon after the US, Russia and China.
Chandrayaan-2 is a sequel to Chandrayaan-1, India’s maiden unmanned moon mission. The spacecraft was launched successfully on October 22, 2008, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota. The spacecraft, with an initial weight of approximately 590 kg, was launched on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C 11.