Chandrayaan-2 TIMELINE from 2007-2019

The launch date of India’s much-awaited second mission to the moon has been rescheduled once again, and this time the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has extended the date to July 22, 2019, Monday at 2:43 pm. Previously, the satellite was scheduled to lift-off on July 15 but got delayed because of technical snag.

Here’s the timeline of India’s second mission to the moon which is awaiting its launch:

November 12, 2007: ISRO and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) sign an agreement for the two agencies to work together on the Chandrayaan-2 project.

September 18, 2008: Government approves India’s mission to the moon in a meeting chaired by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

August 2009: ISRO and Roscosmos complete the design of Chandrayaan-2 followed by review by both India and Russia

2016: The launch mission is repeatedly postponed and re-scheduled because of Russia’s delay in developing the lander on time. The Russian space agency eventually withdraws from the agreement and India then decides to go ahead with the lunar mission independently.

June 28, 2019: GSLV Mk-III/Chandrayaan-2- Assembling of the batteries for all stages of launch vehicle completed.

June 29, 2019: Rover after completion of all tests integrated with lander Vikram

June 30, 2019: Electrical checks and pyro arming of the vehicle completed, launch vehicle battery charging completed.

Few more technical modifications were made between July 1 to July 11, followed by launch rehearsal on July 12 along with pre-fill pressurization of propellant tanks.

July 15, 2019: Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched but was delayed due to a technical snag. The launch was called off 56 minutes before the scheduled lift-off. On July 15, the launch was slated to have taken place at 2.51 am from the second launchpad at Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC).

July 22, 2019: With ISRO delaying the launch of Chandrayaan-2 due to a technical snag on July 15, the space agency has now rescheduled the launch date for July 22, 2019, Monday at 2:43 pm.

The much-anticipated launch will hopefully take place on July 22 as ISRO has successfully rectified the fault and is looking forward to launching the mission, said sources.

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