The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is likely to make the second attempt to launch the Chandrayaan-2 mission this month. Due to a technical snag in the rocket system, the launch of India’s most ambitious space mission was aborted less than an hour before its scheduled lift-off at 2:51 am on July 15.
The powerful GSLV Mark III rocket was set to go up from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with a rover that would have landed on the moon in about two months’ time.
“There was a helium leak from the propellent team. The problem has now been discovered. A nipple joint valve in the plumbing malfunctioned,” an ex-ISRO scientist was quoted as saying by HT.
An analysis published by Sputnik International claimed that the approximate $124-million price tag of the Chandrayaan 2 is less than half the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame ($356 million). The Indian space agency has a budget that’s 20 times less than NASA, its US counterpart.
India’s next big mission will involve sending a human into orbit through Gaganyaan by 2022.