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Fuel leak halted blastoff for Indian rocket: reports

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16.07.2019

A FUEL LEAK in the rocket engine forced India to abort the launch of its landmark Moon mission less than one hour before liftoff, media reports said Tuesday.

A committee of experts was looking into the causes of the problem that put back the bid to become just the fourth nation — after Russia, the United States and China — to land a spacecraft on the Moon.

Having halted the countdown 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the scheduled launch of Chandrayaan-2 — or Moon Chariot 2 — the Indian Space Research Organisation gave no explanation for what it called a “technical snag” in the rocket nor a date for a new attempt.

“As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan-2 launch has been called off,” ISRO said.

However, the Times of India quoted a senior mission scientist as saying there had been a leak in the GSLV-MkIII rocket’s helium fuel component.

“After filling helium, we found the........

© Asian Correspondent