Chandrayaan-2’s GSLV Mk-III Rocket Aborted After Technical Snag

Sriharikota: The GSLV Mk-III rocket, which developed problems just ahead of the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 mission on Monday morning, is supposed to be ISRO’s next-generation launch vehicle, designed to carry heavier payloads deeper into space.

Chandrayaan-2 was set to go up from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am with a rover that would land on the moon in about two months’ time. However, after first being put on hold 56 minutes before blast-off, the Chandrayaan launch was scrapped because of a “technical snag”, ISRO said. The launch is unlikely even on July 16, when ISRO had lift-off window of 10 minutes, sources say. President Ram Nath Kovind was present at the space port for the launch.