Chandrayaan II from mid-April

Chandrayaan II from mid-April


The launch of India’s second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, is planned for the middle of April this year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, Mr.  K Sivan,  announced in Bengaluru on Friday.

The ISRO had earlier said Chandrayaan-2 would be launched in a window between January-February 16 this year.

The mission, costing nearly Rs. 800 crore, is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission about 10 years ago.

'Regarding Chandrayaan-2 schedule, right now it is scheduled from March 25 to April-end. Most probably, the normal targeted date is April middle,” Mr. Sivan disclosed.

The space agency had earlier planned to launch the spacecraft sometime between January and February but it could not materialise because certain tests could not be conducted, he said.

'Once we missed the February target, the next available target is April. Right now it is planned for April,' the ISRO chief said.