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Chandrayaan-2 expected to launch next week, GSLV rocket glitch fixed

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The Indian space agency has reportedly fixed the glitch in its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) whose Monday flight with Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was called off one hour before its lift off. However, ISRO is yet to officially confirm the same. A fresh report reveals that the glitch has been rectified, as per officials of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

“Couple of dates are being looked at for the rocket’s launch. It could be between July 20-23,” an official told IANS preferring anonymity. In case you don’t know, the rocket was supposed to lift off at 2:51AM on Monday with India’s second moon mission spacecraft. But, just one hour before the launch, a few officials detected a technical snag and called off the mission.

“A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. A revised launch date will be announced later,” ISRO informed on Twitter.

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Launch rehearsal of Chandrayaan-2 mission completed successfully: ISRO

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday tweeted that the launch rehearsal of the Chandrayaan-2 mission has been completed and the performance was normal. It is to be noted that Chandrayaan-2 mission is scheduled to launch on July 22.

Earlier on Saturday, former ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar had said that the mission is ready for launch on July 22. "Chandrayaan-2 is now ready for launch on 22 July. We intend to move towards the moon on August 14 and land on the moon around September 6. All the activities are in full swing and we are getting ready for the event on July 22," the former ISRO chief told ANI.

Kumar also talked about the technical snag which had forced ISRO to abort the launch of the lunar mission on Monday (July 15) and said, "One of the issues, any system of this magnitude, we keep testing to various levels and during one of the levels we found that there was a shortcoming. So, that has been overcome. We are ready to go now."

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Chandrayaan-2 launched from Sriharikota

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India's rocket carrying an orbiter, lander and a rover in a stepped up moon mission to uncover lunar secrets launched into space successfully in its second bid from the Sriharikota launch pad on Monday.

The powerful booster GSLV-Mark-Three carrying Chandrayaan-2 on-board zoomed into space at 14.43 hours by puffing out thick smoke and leaving trailblazers amidst thundering sound from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

In just 16 minutes into the sky, it ed the high-stake lunar probe into the designated highly elliptical orbit.From the earth-bound orbit, Chandrayaan-2 will be navigated by the ISRO scientists to near the South Pole of the moon, which is an unexplored area as yet.

It will be the first soft-landing of a probe by India, that is expected to be on 7th September. India would become the fourth ever nation to have a soft-landing on the moon, once Chandrayaan-2 reaches there.

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PM Narendra Modi hails Chandrayaan-2 launch, says every Indian immensely proud

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the launch of the Chandrayaan-2, India's second mission to the Moon, illustrates the determination of the scientists and 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science.

PM Modi's statement came minutes after Chandrayaan-2 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. India has successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport in Sriharikota to explore the unchartered south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover.

In a series of tweets, PM Narendra Modi said that the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 will be etched in the annals of India's glorious history.

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Chandrayaan-2 now 3 steps closer to moon, says ISRO

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Indian Space Research Organisation was successful today in completing the third earthbound orbit raising manoeuvres of Chandrayaan-2 satellite.

In a tweet, the agency has said that after performing the third orbit raising manoeuvre today, the satellite is three steps closer to the moon. Chandrayaan-2 comprising of the orbiter, the lander Vikram and rover Pragyan was launched by GSLV Mark III launch vehicle from Sriharikota on July 22.

The fourth orbit-raising manoeuvre will take place on Friday. Covering a distance of 3.84 lakh kilometres from Earth, Chandrayaan 2 is expected to reach lunar orbit by mid-August and the lander carrying the rover in it is, expected to soft-land in the south pole of Moon on September 7.

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Chandrayaan-2: Fourth Orbit Raising Manoeuvre Successful, All Spacecraft Parameters Normal

Bengaluru: India's Chandrayaan-2 continued its voyage to the Moon with the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth being raised on Friday for the fourth time since its launch last month and all its parameters are normal, space agency ISRO said.

The fourth orbit raising manoeuvre was performed "successfully today as planned using onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 646 seconds," the city-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation said in a statement here.

The next orbit raising operation is scheduled on August 6.

The 3,850-kg three-module Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22 into an eliptical orbit around the Earth with the aim of landing a rover in the uncharted Lunar South Pole on September 7, marking a giant leap in the country's space programme.

The mission, if successful, will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to make a soft landing on the moon.

With Friday's orbit raising, ISRO has completed four of the 15 critical manoeuvres planned by it to take the spacecraft to the moon, which is at a distance of nearly four lakh kms from the Earth, and make the soft landing.

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ISRO releases first set of Earth pictures captured by Chandrayaan-2

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released the first set of pictures of Earth captured by Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander. The images were released on Sunday by ISRO on microblogging site Twitter.

Earth has been beautifully captured in the pictures by Chandrayaan-2 LI4 camera. They pictures were taken on Saturday.

Chandrayaan-2 had successfully carried out the fourth Earth bound orbit-raising manoeuvre for its lunar mission two days back.

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Chandrayaan-2 orbit raised for fifth time

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The fifth earth bound orbit raising manoeuver  for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, launched on July 22 by GSLV-MkIII-M1,  was performed successfully on Tuesday afternoon.

ISRO in a tweet said ''fifth earth bound orbit raising manoeuver for  Chandrayaan2 spacecraft has been performed today at 1504 hrs  as planned using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration  of 1,041 seconds.''

''The orbit achieved is 276 x 142975 km'', it said. All spacecraft parameters were normal.

The next manoeuver is Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI), which is scheduled on August 14, 2019 between 0300 and 0400 hrs.

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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 loaded with Israel's AMOS-17

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US carrier rocket Falcon 9 loaded with Israeli AMOS-17 communication satellite successfully lifted off from a space center in Florida, spacecraft manufacturer SpaceX said on Wednesday.

"Falcon 9 launches AMOS-17 off Pad 40 in Florida, marking this booster's third flight and SpaceX's 25th reflight of an orbit class rocket," the company said on Twitter.

The rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 23:24 GMT on Tuesday. Amos-17 is set to replace Amos-5 satellite launched in 2011.

Communication with Amos-5 was lost in 2015. Amos-17, built by Boeing, will provide Ka, Ku and C-band signal transmission and expand Israeli communications satellite operator Spacecom's coverage in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

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Chandrayaan 2 will be around Moon on August 20, landing on September 7: ISRO

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India's maiden voyage to the Moon is firmly on track and Chandrayaan 2 is expected to be around Earth's permanent natural satellite on August 20. The landing on Moon is expected on September 7.

K Sivan, chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), gave out the details of the plans on Monday and said that Chandrayaan 2 is on schedule. "On August 20, the spacecraft will be reaching moon and we'll be carrying out lunar orbit insertion. By this process, Chandrayaan 2 will be around Moon on August 20. We plan to have a series of manoeuvres around Moon. Finally, on September 7, we'll be landing on Moon. This is our plan."

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