The launch of India’s most awaited maiden lunar mission, ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 will now need some more waiting before it takes off from Earth surface for its journey towards moon, as the launch has been postponed from April to October 2018.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been preparing for the ambitious second lunar mission, Chandryaan-2 for quite some time now. The actual launch date was scheduled to be in the end of April, but it has been postponed to October as spaceship needs deeper tests to be carried out before launch. ISRO has confirmed that experts have suggested to perform additional tests, before ISRO allows for its launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India – which is why, the launch date has been postponed to October instead of April.
The maiden moon mission is considered to be ISRO’s most ambitions and challenging missions, even more challenging than its predecessor Chandrayaan-1 for a number of reasons. Chandrayaan-1 was launched using PSLV launcher, but the upcoming mission to the moon will be launched from heavy-payload GSLV MkII launcher which will lift off the 3,290 kg spacecraft on its mission to the moon with a journey time spanning over a moon. And Chandryaan-2 is actually completely indigenously build – including its orbiter, lander and 6-wheeled rover – all manufactured in India with the help of 100 scientists.
Chandrayaan-2 is also said to be more powerful than NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon and it will increase India’s credibility in space exploration sector as well as it will establish its competitiveness in the space programme. Despite all these, the total cost of Chandrayaan-2 at around 800 crores which is still reasonable when compared to the cost of NASA’s lunar missions. Since Chandrayaan-2 is such a big deal, the double check and extra precaution is justified – until October then.