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Former DRDO Scientist Backs ISRO Over Calling Off Chandrayaan 2 Launch


Ravi Gupta (Former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist ) has upheld the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the resolution to call off the launch of Chandrayaan 2 because of a technical obstacle.

Talking to news agency ANI, former head of the Directorate of Public Interface at DRDO Ravi Gupta stated that

“it was the right decision to call off Chandrayaan 2 launch” as no chance should have been taken in “such a big mission.”

“We could not have taken any chance in such a big mission. Several rounds of testing are performed in every part. Every movement needs to be monitored at every second,” said Gupta.

The launch, which was slated to take place at 2.51 am on Monday – July 15, was called off almost an hour before the schedule after a technical obstacle was watched. The ISRO took to microblogging site Twitter to declare that a later date for the launch would be decided on later.

“A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. The revised launch date will be announced later,” read the tweet.

Chandrayaan 2 was slated to be launched onboard heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – Mark III (GSLV Mk III), nicknamed as ‘Baahubali.’

Chandrayaan 2, the most ambitious lunar mission of the country, will explore – the south polar region the parts of Moon which have never been explored in the past. Chandrayaan 2 is a mission which has been defined as one of the most complex ever undertaken by ISRO as per to the eminent space scientists.

Several experiments to understand the extent and significance of the presence of water is the foremost aim of the latest Moon mission is to carry out on the Moon as confirmed by the Chandrayaan 1 mission. India is attempting to land a robotic rover on the celestial body for the first time.



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