SRIHARIKOTA: India on Monday (Jul 15) dramatically scrapped the launch of a rocket that was aiming to land a probe on the Moon lower than one hour earlier than blast-off due to a “technical” drawback.

India desires the Chandrayaan-2 – or Moon Chariot 2 – mission to make it solely the fourth nation after Russia, america and China to land a craft on the lunar floor.

Countdown on the Satish Dhawan Area Centre was halted 56 minutes and 24 seconds earlier than the deliberate liftoff at 2.51am (5.21am Singapore time).

“A technical snag was noticed in launch automobile system at T-56 minute,” the India Area Analysis Organisation mentioned on Twitter.

“As a measure of plentiful precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been referred to as off for at the moment. Revised launch date can be introduced later.”

India's Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon

India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon. (AFP/Gillian HANDYSIDE)

Officers on the house centre on an island off the coast of Andhra Pradesh state mentioned the issue was within the launch automobile system.

ISRO had introduced one hour earlier than launch that the filling of liquid hydrogen gasoline had been accomplished.

The company didn’t say when a brand new launch could possibly be held.


Consideration on the Indian mission had elevated because the launch was to be carried out simply 5 days earlier than the 50th anniversary of American Neil Armstrong’s history-changing stroll on the Moon.

India had spent about US$140 million on preparations for Chandrayaan-2 and had hailed the mission as one of many most cost-effective ever.

A touchdown on the Moon had been scheduled for Sep 6.

By comparability, america spent about US$25 billion – the equal of greater than US$100 billion in present costs – on 15 Apollo missions within the 1960s and 70s.

Nearly all of Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter, lander and rover had been designed and made in India.

India had ready its strongest rocket, the GSLV Mk III, to hold the two.4-tonne orbiter. The orbiter was to maintain circling the Moon for about one 12 months taking photos of the floor and sending again data on the ambiance.

The orbiter was to hold the 1.4-tonne lander Vikram – which in flip was to take the 27-kilogramme rover Pragyan – to a excessive plain between two craters on the lunar South Pole.

The solar-powered rover can journey as much as 500 metres and was anticipated to maintain sending again photographs and knowledge for one lunar day, the equal of 14 Earth days.

Pragyan can be on the lookout for indicators of water and analyse lunar rocks and soil.

India’s first lunar mission in 2008 – Chandrayaan-1 – didn’t land on the Moon, however carried out a seek for water utilizing radars.

A smooth touchdown on the Moon can be an enormous leap ahead in India’s house programme. Nationwide pleasure is at stake as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed {that a} manned mission into house can be launched by 2022.

India additionally has ambitions to land a probe on Mars. In 2014, India turned solely the fourth nation to place a satellite tv for pc into orbit across the Crimson Planet.