Chandrayaan-2 ISRO Launch Delayed From April To October 2018

| March 26 , 2018 , 14:35 IST

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had initially planned the launch of India's second mission to the moon 'Chandrayaan 2' on April 23, but the launch has now been delayed to the first week of October, confirmed ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan to media.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission which includes an orbiter, a rover and a lander is being delayed to complete further tests, which are expected to take another 20 days.

"The original targeted date for the launch was kept on April 23. However, as the ongoing tests for the lunar mission will take 20 more days, the April 23rd date could not be met. Therefore the panel decided to defer the launch," Dr Sivan said to TOI.

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"Unlike, other satellite launches where Isro could easily defer the launch by a day or two to get a perfect mission, Isro can’t do the same in this mission. This is because the ideal date for the moon launch comes only once in a month. If we skip that date of the month, we have to plan the launch next month," he said.

"After skipping the April date, if Isro launches the mission in the months from May to September, we won’t be able to utilise the full lunar day (14 Earth days) for experiments on the moon because of eclipses and other reasons. Therefore, Isro will launch the mission in the first week of October," said Dr Sivan.

The Rs 800-crore worth Chandrayaan-2 mission is completely indigenous and will be collecting scientific information on lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere and signatures of hydroxyl and water-ice from the moon.

According to experts, the soft-landing on the lunar surface would be one of the most challenging parts of the mission, a feat achieved so far only by the US, Russia and China.