Chandrayaan 2 launch highlights- ISRO’s Lunar Mission launch called off after technical snag

The launch of Chandrayaan-2 was called off due to a technical snag early Monday morning. A technical snag was noticed in the launch vehicle system at T-56 minutes. The revised date for launch will be announced later, ISRO said in a statement. A statement from ISRO said that the launch of Chandrayaan 2 has been cancelled for today as a measure of “abundant precaution”. Here are the highlights:

Updated on Jul 15, 2019 11:39 AM IST
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4:35 am IST

Chandrayaan 2 most complex, prestigious mission undertaken by Isro

Chandrayaan-2 is the most complex and prestigious that Isro has ever undertaken, reported news agency PTI.

The mission will make India the fourth country after the US, USSR, and China to land on moon.

4:25 am IST

Chandrayaan 2 launch unlikely in July

There were four suitable window periods for the launch of Chandrayaan 2 in the month of July – July 15, 16 and 29 and 30. The launch window on July 15 was missed. It was just days before the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong first walking on moon.

The launch is unlikely to happen during the next three windows in July.

“The stages will now have to be drained to see what went wrong,” said an official, on condition of anonymity.

The next window for launch will be in September.

4:00 am IST

Technical snag observed at T-56 min

The countdown to the launch of Chandrayaan 2, which was scheduled for 2.51 am, was called off 56 minutes and 24 seconds before lift off at 1.55 am after the announcement from the Mission Control Centre.

“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.

3:45 am IST

Rocket will be taken back for further investigation

“The technical snag was noticed. We first have to approach the vehicle to assess the problem. First we have to empty the fuel loaded in the rocket, then the rocket will be taken back for further investigation,” reported news agency IANS quoting an Isro official.

“This process will take 10 days after that only we can decide on the launch schedule,” he added.

3:05 am IST

Next date to be announced soon

As the launch of Chandrayaan-2 was called of on Monday due to a technical snag, ISRO will soon announce a revised date for the launch.

2:51 am IST

Isro takes ‘abundant precaution’, calls off Chandrayaan-2 launch

A statement from ISRO said that the launch of Chandrayaan 2 has been cancelled for today as a measure of “abundant precaution”.

A “technical snag was noticed in the launch vehicle system at T-56 minutes. The revised date for launch will be announced later.

2:40 am IST

Chandrayaan-2 launch called off

Chandrayaan-2 launch has been called off due to technical snag, says Isro

2:30 am IST

Countdown for Chandrayaan 2 launch on hold for now

The countdown for Chandrayaan 2 launch has been put on hold for now.

2:15 am IST

What’s foreign media saying about Chandrayaan 2

Western media and scientific journals have shown great interest in Chandrayaan 2, India’s second Moon mission.

Many have said that with the launch of Chandrayaan 2, which costs less than half of the budget of Hollywood blockbuster “Avengers Endgame”, India will be in league with lunar pioneers - the US, Russia and China.

2:10 am IST

When will Chandrayaan 2 to land on moon

In a few minutes from now Chandryaan-2, propelled by ‘Bahubali’ rocket, will be lifted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. It will separate from the rocket 973.7 seconds after its launch.

The landing on the surface of the moon will take place 54 days after the launch. The lander-orbiter separation will take place on the 50th day.

1:55 am IST

One hour to go

Isro is all set for Chandrayaan 2 launch. The spacy agency is tweeting updates on last-minute checks. In an approximately an hour from now, Chandrayaan 2 launch will be launched. It is India’s first space mission that will land on another celestial body.

1:50 am IST

A look at some key facts about Bahubali

While we wait for the historic launch, let’s take a look at some key facts about Bahubali.

ISRO’s most powerful launcher -- GSLV MK-III or “Bahubali” will carry Chandryaan-2 to its designated orbit. The three-stage vehicle is capable of launching 4-tonne class of satellites to the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

1:42 am IST

Filling of Liquid Hydrogen completed

Ahead of Chandrayaan 2- launch, filling of Liquid Hydrogen in Cryogenic stage of #GSLVMkIII-M1 has been completed, tweeted ISRO .

1:32 am IST

Chandrayaan-2 aimed at expanding India’s footprint in space

In Chandrayaan-2, home grown technology has been deployed. The scientists are aiming to expand India’s footprint in space, shed light on unexplored section of Moon-- the South Pole region, enhance knowledge about space, stimulate advancement of technology and promote global alliances.

It is first expedition by ISRO to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface equipped with “home grown” technology. It would also be the first mission to explore the lunar terrain.

1:15 am IST

Twitter pours in well wishes

12:53 am IST

After World Cup final, Chandryaan-2 liftoff fever takes over

12:45 am IST

Kids excited about Chandrayaan- 2

Brother-sister twin from Jammu visited the ISRO station in Andhra Pradesh this week. The duo had heard stories about the moon from their grandmother: a friendly celestial body so far away that they could only imagine to reach there some day. Well not anymore.

On their visit to the space station they heard stories about the moon again.

“The launch was only in our imagination. We used to hear stories of moon from our grandmother. When we actually saw it (the rocket), we were spell-bound. It was amazing,” Swapnil told PTI. “It’s a dream come true.” Swapnila said they saw the GSLV Mk-III rocket that will launch the mission into space. “It was so huge,” she added.

12:40 am IST

Filling of Liquid oxygen in cryogenic stage completed: ISRO

“Filling of Liquid oxygen in cryogenic stage of #GSLVMkIII-M1 completed and filling of Liquid Hydrogen is in progress.,” tweeted ISRO as Chandrayaan-2 is set to be launched in a short while.

12:35 pm IST

Two women lead the space mission

If everything goes well, Chandrayaan-2 will become the first space mission to make a soft landing on the South Pole of the moon.

In a first, the mission is being led by two women. Muthayya Vanitha is the director of the entire project, from start to finish.

Ritu Karidhal is the mission director who will coordinate Chandrayaan-2 when the satellite is injected into orbit.

12:25 am IST

President Kovind to witness Chandrayaan-2 launch

President Ram Nath Kovind will witness the launch of Chandrayaan-2 at Sriharikota.

Billed as the most complex and prestigious mission ever undertaken by the ISRO since its inception, Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth country to soft land on the lunar surface after Russia, the United States and China.

12:20 am IST

Chandrayaan-2 will be launched from Sriharikota

Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar spacecraft will be launched onboard a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-III from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am on Monday.

12:15 am IST

‘Bahubali’ to launch Chandrayaan-2

ISRO’s most powerful launcher, measuring 44 metres in height, the 640-tonne rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) that will launch Chandrayaan-2, has been nicknamed ‘Bahubali’.

The three-stage vehicle is capable of launching 4-tonne class of satellites to the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

12:06 am IST

Hours to go before launch of Chandrayaan-2

In a few hours from now at 2.51 am on Monday morning, ISRO will launch the nation’s first lunar landing mission, in what has been described as one of the most complex missions ever undertaken by the Indian space agency.

Sixteen minutes into its flight, the Rs 375 crore GSLV-Mk III rocket is expected to launch the Rs 603 crore Chandrayaan-2 into an Earth parking orbit.

11:50 pm IST

Chandrayaan-2 is India’s first robotic space exploration, says Ex-ISRO chief

Chandrayaan-2, India’s second moon mission, is the country’s first step in robotic space exploration, former ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan said on Saturday. He described this mission to moon as more “complex” and “intricate”.

“Chandrayaan-2, with an Indian Lander-Rover (Vikram-Pragyaan) combine, is India’s first step in robotic space exploration and the mission is on the anvil. Obviously, this mission is more intricate,” Radhakrishan, who is now Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur, said at the seventh convocation at the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Kancheepuram.

11:45 pm IST

Where to follow live telecast of Chandrayaan 2 launch

Doordarshan (DD) will live telecast the Chandrayaan 2 launch. You can also follow Doordarshan’s youtube channel for live streaming of Chandrayaan 2 launch. ISRO Online (https://www.isro.gov.in/) will live telecast the Chandrayaan 2 launch.

11:30 pm IST

B-town extends wishes to ISRO for Chandrayaan-2

As countdown for Chandrayaan 2, India’s first space mission that will land on another celestial body, has started, Bollywood celebrities have extended their well wishes to ISRO for the launch.

“Chandrayaan-2, India’s second space mission, a leap bigger than ever before. Kudos to invincible power of women directing it, first time in Indian history! Sending the best of my wishes to the team of scientists at isro,” actor Ajay Devgn tweeted.

11:13 pm IST

‘Mission will aim to observe water ice on surface of moon’: Former ISRO director

“The payloads aboard Chandrayaan-2 will help in understanding the origin of moon and how it is related to the earth; it is like doing a DNA analysis. Expanding on the findings of Chandrayaan 1, the mission will also aim to observe water ice on the surface of the moon,” said DR Mylswamy Annadurai, the former director of ISRO satellite centre in Bengaluru.

11:06 pm IST

‘Wishing you success,’ tweets Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted hours before the launch, wishing for the success of the historic mission.

 

11:00 pm IST

‘Less than five hours from historic launch’, tweets ISRO

“We are less than five hours from the historic launch of #Chandrayaan2

Meanwhile observe people being dwarfed by the 14 storey high #GSLVMkIII-M1 vehicle,” tweeted ISRO.

10:45 pm IST

Countdown for Chandrayaan-2 begins

Chandrayaan-2 will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on-board GSLV Mk-III at 02:51 am.

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