‘Technical Glitches, Launch Cancellations Common To All Spacefaring Nations’

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A “glitch” resulted in the cancellation of the launch of India’s ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon early on Monday morning. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has preferred not to say more, leaving a more detailed explanation until after examining what went wrong. SNI spoke to Group Captain Ajay Lele (Retd), a space and security specialist at the Institute of Defence Studies & Analysis in New Delhi. In his view, it is better the “glitch” was detected on Earth rather than in space when it would have been near impossible to save the mission. Scientists now have time to iron out all the problems before readying Chandrayaan-2 for what will hopefully be a textbook launch.

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