The Chandrayan-2 mission to put a rover on the moon was called off due to a ‘technical snag’ detected just about 56 minutes before launch (T minus 56, or T-56) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Sriharikota, announced Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) early morning today (Monday, July 15).
The countdown was halted 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the planned lift-off at 2:51 am. The snag was in the cryogenic stage or last stage of the rocket before it separates, reported NDTV, quoting sources. ISRO had announced one hour before launch that the filling of liquid hydrogen fuel had been completed, the report said.
The announcement of the launch being called off came just about four minutes later. It disappointed the large number of spectators and created commotion in the media gallery of the SHAR where journalists from not only different parts of the country but abroad came to cover the most high-profile launch. More importantly, President Ram Nath Kovind had come to Sriharikota to witness the launch.
ISRO tweeted around 3 am: “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. Revised launch date will be announced later,” ISRO tweeted around 3 am.
The postponement of the launch of Chandrayan-2, the first after a countdown, is the third time since April 2018 that the complex launch has been delayed due to multiple factors, reported Deccan Herald.
Its launch was first scheduled in April 2018 but was postponed to October 2018. This too did not happen as ISRO found that the vehicle required further tests. The Mission’s Comprehensive Technical Review meeting eventually decided that the launch could be carried out only in the first half of 2019 because a whole lot of changes in the configuration and landing sequence had to be incorporated.
During one of the multiple tests on the Chandrayaan-2 components, two Lander legs suffered minor damage in February this year, showing that its legs were not strong enough to support the weight. ISRO deduced that additional mass due to new configuration could have caused the imbalance.
The anomaly was eventually addressed by a task force set up under Srinivasan RK from the UR Rao Satellite Centre.
After rectifying all anomalies, July 15 was finalised as a suitable launch window, but it had to be called off due to a technical snag.
Signifinace of Chandrayan-2
Had the launch been successful and the lunar craft landed on the moon on its scheduled date of September 6-7, India would have become the fourth country in the world after USSR, US and China to land on the moon.Israel had tried earlier this year but failed.
India has ambitious plans: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to launch a manned space mission by 2022.
Chandrayaan-2 will follow Chang’e-4, launched by India’s regional rival China, which in January became the first spacecraft to land on the far side of the Moon.
The 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover was to lift off on the 640-tonne GSLV Mark III (nicknamed “Baahubali”), India’s most powerful rocket that’s as high as a 15-storey building.
Once it is launched, Chandrayaan 2 has to separate from the rocket and orbit the Earth several times before being slung towards the moon – a3.84 lakh-km journey. The orbiter is to circle the moon for about a year.
When the spacecraft reaches the moon 54 days after lift-off, it will engage a 1.4 4-tonne lander Vikram named after Vikram A Sarabhai, the father of India’s space programme, which will head to the lunar south pole.
Vikram will in turn set the 27-kilogramme rover Pragyan down on a high plain between two craters on the lunar south pole. After touchdown on the moon, the rover is expected to conduct experiments for one Moon day, equal to 14 Earth days, primarily to check if the lunar south pole has primordial water reserves.
Indigenous and costs less than a Hollywood blockbuster
All the equipment involved in the Chandrayaan 2 mission have been designed and manufactured in India. It is the sequel to the successful Chandrayaan 1, which helped confirm the presence of water on the moon in 2009.
India’s mission to the moon will cost less than a Hollywood blockbuster. An analysis published by Sputnik International claimed that the approximate $124-million price tag of the Chandrayaan 2 is less than half the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame ($356 million). The Indian space agency has a budget that’s 20 times less than NASA, its US counterpart.
ISRO is becoming known worldwide for running effective and inexpensive projects. According to estimates, America spent $ 25 billion on its Apollo missions, total 15 in number, to Moon. The US missions included 6 Moon missions that put Neil Armstrong and other astronauts to the Moon. China spent $8.4 Billion on its entire space programme in a year. Erstwhile USSR which launched an unmanned craft to the Lunar surface in 1966 spent over $20 billion at the current value between 1960s and 70s.
India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, in 2008 did not land on the Moon, but orbited it searching for water using radar.
It follows another high-profile but low-cost Indian mission, Mangalyaan, which put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars in 2014 at a fraction of the cost of comparable projects by established space powers like the United States, which often cost billions of dollars.
New Delhi also has ambitions to land a probe on Mars, following the success of the Mangalyaan orbiter.
Lunar exploration has been in focus in recent months with the looming 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon and US President Donald Trump giving NASA a 2024 deadline to return astronauts to its surface.
Apple launches iPhone 15 series, India price, features, availability
The iPhone 15 series will be available in India from September 22 but iPhone lovers can also pre-order, starting from September 15 onwards.
Apple launched its most anticipated iPhone 15 series, including the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max during the Wonderlust event globally on September 12 night.
The iPhone 15 series will be available in India from September 22 but iPhone lovers can also pre-order, starting from September 15 onwards.
People can buy a new iPhone 15 or upgrade it to the old one. There are five colours available for the people.
According to reports, Apple has been manufacturing the iPhone 15 series in India and China. Apple has moved 7% of its iPhone production to India. Previously, India was not making the newest models. The Centre’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for smartphones played a part in Apple moving its production to India.
The new iPhone 15 has been launched with the same starting price as its prototype, the iPhone 14. The 128GB variant is priced at Rs 79,900, while the 256GB variant costs Rs 89,900. For people who need more storage, the 512GB variant is available for Rs 1,09,900.
This latest iPhone series puffs a 6.1-inch display and comes in five different colours which are pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. While the design remains the same as the previous models, the iPhone 15 features a dynamic island notch instead of the usual notch, which was highly popular among the iPhone 14 Pro phones.
The camera part of the iPhone series has undergone significant upgrades, the new iPhone 15, with an enhanced 48-megapixel primary sensor replaces the 12-megapixel dual camera system which was available in the previous iPhone 14. This significant improvement promises better low-light photography and portrait shots.
The tech giant announced that the iPhone 15 has an all-day battery life, making it more convenient for users to go about their daily activities without worrying about their phone’s battery.
The iPhone 15 Pro models feature a lighter body and thinner bezels. The new AirPods Pro with USB-C charging case will support Lossless Audio with Apple Vision Pro.
Additionally, the iPhone 15 is powered by Apple’s A16 bionic processor, an upgrade from the A15 bionic chipset used in the previous iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models. The Pro models had the faster and better A16 chip, but now this feature is available in all iPhone 15 models.
The USB-C port on the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus remain limited to lightning speeds up to 480 Mbps. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max support USB 3 speeds up to 10 Gbps. People will need to buy a separate 1-meter Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable for Rs 5,724 or Rs 10,701 for the 1.8-meter cable to support faster speeds.
The dynamic island notch feature, which can adjust its size according to notifications, was widely discussed before the launch of the iPhone 15. This unique feature can now be available in all models of the phone.
Another important feature of the iPhone 15 is the shift to the USB Type C charging port. Apple has abandoned the lightning port in favour of the more commonly used USB Type C charging port. This means, there is no longer a need for a special iPhone charging cable to be carried around everywhere you go.
OnePlus Onam Offers: Discounts, cashbacks, exchange offers, check details
ICICI customers can avail an extra Rs 500 discount through Net Banking on OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus 11 5G Marble Odyssey purchases from OnePlus.in till August 31, 2023.
OnePlus, one of the leading global technology brands, has announced a captivating lineup of products to celebrate the festive spirit of Onam. According to reports, OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus 11R 5G come with exclusive savings and exchange bonuses during this festive season.
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OnePlus 11 5G: ICICI customers can avail an extra Rs 500 discount through Net Banking on OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus 11 5G Marble Odyssey purchases from OnePlus.in till August 31, 2023. Meanwhile, OneCard users can also take an instant Rs 2000 bank discount on the same devices exclusively till August 31. Purchasers also have the opportunity to unlock an additional exchange bonus worth Rs 6000 and Rs 10000 on the OnePlus 11 5G and OnePlus 11 5G Marble Odyssey.
OnePlus Nord 3 and Nord CE 3: ICICI Bank Credit Card, Credit EMI and Debit Card EMI users can get an instant discount of Rs 1000 on purchase of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G. The offer is valid till August 31. Furthermore, OneCard credit card and EMI users can also enjoy an instant discount of Rs 1000 on the purchase of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G.
Moreover, OnePlus Nord CE 3 5G purchase facilitates a Rs 1000 instant discount on Axis Bank and Citi Credit and Debit Cards through EMI transactions and all OneCard transactions. This particular offer will be valid from September 1, 2023. Reportedly, this offer also holds eligibility for No Cost EMI with Axis Bank, Citi, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI cards and OneCard for six months.
vivo v23: A comprehensive review of the latest smartphone
vivo V23 Overview
Looking for a new smartphone that blends design with performance and utility? Launched in January 2022, vivo V23 delivers a premium experience, both in terms of hardware and software, while keeping the cost in check. If you want a fast vivo 5G mobile with a professional-quality camera, vivo V23 can be a good choice.
vivo V23 Price and Specifications
The price for the base variant of vivo V23 (Sunshine Gold, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage) is Rs. 29,990 in the Indian market.
vivo V23 has the efficient MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset under the hood. Coupled with 8GB RAM, the processor allows you to breeze through heavy gaming sessions, HD streaming, and multitasking. Since the processor goes through a 6 nm fabrication process, it can deliver a benchmark performance without draining the battery too much. The handset runs on Funtouch OS (based on Android 12) that offers a seamless and intuitive performance.
vivo V23 weighs just 179g and is only 7.3mm thick, making it super easy to fit in your pocket. The mineral glass back gives the phone a classy, ergonomic feel, and the phone feels comfortable to operate even after long hours of usage. If you want to flaunt a unique-looking smartphone without paying too much, you should consider vivo V23.
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