Chandrayaan-2 launch put off, maybe for a few moons

A leak in the helium bottle of the cryogenic engine of GSLV-MkIII forced the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) to abort the launch of Chandrayaan-2 early on Monday. The launch was called off just 56 minutes before the scheduled lift-off at 2.51am.

While Isro officially confirmed “a technical snag” in GSLV-MkIII, five sources independently confirmed to TOI that the launch was put off because of a leak in the cryogenic stage. “As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan-2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” Isro tweeted.

“After filling liquid oxygen (oxidiser) and liquid hydrogen (fuel), helium was being filled. The procedure is to pressure the helium bottle up to 350 bars and regulate the output to 50 bars. Read More

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