The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has postponed the launch of India's second lunar mission 'Chandrayaan-2'to October in view of additional tests to be carried out.
ISRO chairman Dr. K.Sivan on Friday told reporters that experts had met recently and recommended some more tests before the mission launch, which led to the postponement. “Chandrayaan 2 will not be in April, it has been changed to October,”.
Earlier on February 16, Union Minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office, in-charge of the department of space Jitendra Singh said that the Lunar mission under which the ISRO will for the first time attempt to land a rover on the moon’s south pole, will be launched in April.
Isro chairman Sivan had earlier said the window to launch the Rs 800 crore mission was between April and November 2018. While the “targeted date” was April, Isro would launch the mission in October or November, he had said.
According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 is a "totally indigenous mission comprising an orbiter, lander and rover". The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft weighing around 3,290 kg would orbit around the moon and perform the objectives of remote sensing the moon.
"The payloads will collect scientific information on lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere and signatures of hydroxyl and water-ice," ISRO said on its website about the lunar mission.
Isro had launched its maiden lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 in 2008.