Isro's 'Bahubali' falters, casts shadow on manned mission

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Isro's 'Bahubali' falters, casts shadow on manned mission

ISRO called off Chandrayaan-2 mission launch due to technical snag

Highlights

  • The stalling of Chandrayaan-2 on Monday due to a leak in the cryogenic engine of GSLV-MkIII has put a question mark over Indian Space Research Organization’s future missions, including Gaganyaan
  • The manned mission slated for 2022 and missions to Sun (2020) and Venus (2023) are all dependent on the same rocket which is now needed to be fixed

The flag-waving and cheering spectators who had gathered in Sriharikota on Monday to witness the launch of Chandrayaan-2 were left out of the event.

SRIHARIKOTA: The stalling ofChandrayaan-2on Monday due to a leak in the cryogenic engine of GSLV-MkIII has put a question mark on Indian Space Research Organization’s future missions, including Gaganyaan. The manned mission slated for 2022 and missions to Sun (2020) and Venus (2023) are all dependent on the same rocket which is now needed to be fixed.
GSLV-MkIII is called ISRO’s ‘Bahubali,’ as it can lift up to four tons. The previous versions of GSLVs and the most successful rocket PSLV can carry too little mass.

Although it took several years to develop GSLV-MkIII, Isro has only done two development flights of the rocket. GSLV-MkIII is a three-stage vehicle – two large solid boosters as the first stage, two liquid engines (development) as the second stage and a cryogenic upper stage. It is the cryogenic stage that has given the problem Isro has been planning to use an upgraded version of GSLV-MkIII for Gaganyan which would take three Indian astronauts to space for five to seven days. To meet the 2022 deadline, Isro has had two unmanned tests of the rocket. Isro chairman K. Sivan had earlier told TOI, “Isro is planning to have the first unmanned mission of Gaganyaan in December 2020 and the second in July 2021.”
If Chandrayaan-2 continues to hang in balance due to technical challenges, so will Gaganyaan That would also mean uncertainty over the Aditya mission planned for the next year’s study of the sun’s corona and its impact on climate change.
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