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Chandrayaan-2 launch was deferred as ISRO lost contact with GSAT 6A in 2018

The GSAT 6A setback had prompted ISRO to recall the launch of GSAT-11 from Kourou in French Guiana for additional technical checks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. ISRO had called off the launch on July 15 after a technical snag was detected ahead of the lif
India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. ISRO had called off the launch on July 15 after a technical snag was detected ahead of the lif

Indian space agency ISRO, which lost contact with Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram early Saturday morning, had deferred the lunar mission's launch last year after a loss in communication with military satellite GSAT 6A.

GSAT 6A was launched in March last year and was meant to support military communications in hostile regions using handy ground terminals.

However, days later the said it had lost contact with GSAT 6A.

Communication from the satellite was lost after the second firing of the on-board engine and "efforts are under way to establish the link with the satellite", it had then said.

The launch of was sch eduled in October last year.

Officials had then said they did not want to take any risk and ensure that the multi-million dollar Chandrayaan project is full-proof.

The GSAT 6A setback had prompted to recall the launch of GSAT-11 from Kourou in French Guiana for additional technical checks.

The setback the faced was one of the reasons behind the space agency deferring the launch of Chandrayaan to early this year, which was again pushed to July.

To ensure that does not face any glitch, the ISRO had formed a group of experts.

In August 2017, the PSLV- C39 mission, carrying the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite, failed after the heat shield did not open and release the satellite.

First Published: Sat, September 07 2019. 11:15 IST
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