Chandrayaan-2 Wasn't First Space Delay; Russia’s Progress 69, Japan’s Kounotori 7 Also Faced Similar Fate
In Pic: A view of the Chandrayaan-2 on board GSLVMkIII-M1 at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Nellore district.
Under The Sun
In The Wind
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has had its share of delays. The first test was delayed by more than five years, from being scheduled in 2013 to finally being conducted in 2018 with a dummy payload.
In April this year, SpaceX had to postpone what would have been its first commercial launch with the Falcon Heavy rocket, citing strong wind in the upper atmosphere.
The launch was rescheduled two days later. Last month, the third flight of the Falcon Heavy was delayed by two days as the team needed a little extra time to wrap up final integration and prep work. The megarocket successfully lofted two dozen satellites into orbit on June 25.
In August 2013, the national space agency had called off the launch of a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle called Sriharikota, 74 minutes before the final launch, after detecting a fuel leak. The vehicle was taken off the site and was finally launched on January 5, 2014.
Under The Weather
On September 10, 2018, the unpiloted Kounotori 7 was supposed to take off for the International Space Station with 6,000 kg of crew supplies. But a typhoon forecast forced the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to postpone the launch of this cargo ship, and reschedule the lift-off to September 22.
The launch of a Russian cargo ship bound for the International Space Station was aborted in the final few seconds on February 11, 2018. The supply ship was seconds away from launching into space from Kazakhstan when an engine error halted the lift-off.
After its successful launch on February 13, the cargo craft delivered three metric tonnes of supplies, fuel, and oxygen to the ISS.
* Text: Aarti Bhanushali