New Delhi: Facing two setbacks in less than a year, Chandrayaan-2, India’s second
mission to the moon, has been delayed again.
The first mission was planned in April. Earlier this year, the ISRO had launched GSAT-6A, a military communication satellite, but lost communication with it. Following this, the ISRO also recalled the launch of GSAT-11 from from Kourou, French Guiana, for additional technical checks.
Last September, the PSLV- C39 mission, carrying the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite, failed after the heat shield refused to open and release the satellite. The ISRO is treading a cautious path after these two setbacks as Chandrayaan-2 is one of the crucial launches for the space agency, particularly after Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission). It is also ISRO’s first mission to land on any celestial body.
Chandrayaan-2 will be ISRO’s first time attempt to land a rover on the Moon. The rover of India’s second lunar mission, costing nearly Rs. 800 crore, will be made to land near the yet-unexplored south pole.