K. Sivan 
National

Chandrayaan 2 mission slightly delayed, launch during April-May: ISRO Chief

Bengaluru, Jan 11: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is giving finishing touches to Chandrayaan-2 mission which would carry a lander and rover and the launch would take place during April or May this year.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said a slight delay was there as the agency could not complete some tests. The launch the satellite using PSLV vehicle will take place during last week of April which is best phase to send a lander and rover to the Moon. This window is the best time to take up this mission.

He said Chandrayaan-2 slated for launch during 2017 and 2018 was twice postponed and the agency had for a January window but today the top ISRO official said it would take place during April end.

Dr Sivan said as ISRO was busy with multiple launches in the later half of 2018 Chandrayaan-2 was slightly delayed. The current window being looked at by ISRO will be March 25 to April end,’’ he said.

Chandrayaan-2 is among the 32 missions that the ISRO is planning for 2019, which is double the number of missions ISRO launched in 2018, Sivan said. (UNI)