Gaganyaan mission: Test vehicle fails to lift off following anomaly, says ISRO

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), October 21

The lift-off of a test vehicle with crew safety-related payloads connected to the ambitious Gaganyaan human space flight mission on Saturday could not happen as planned following an anomaly which would be analysed, ISRO chief S Somanath said.

Engine ignition of the TV-D1 rocket did not happen in the course of time.

“And we have to find out what went wrong with that. The vehicle is safe, the entire vehicle is very safe. We will have to reach the vehicle and then look at what has happened now,” he said, adding ISRO would come back soon after analysing what triggered the automatic launch sequence holding the vehicle.

“So what has happened is that the ground support computer doing this function has withheld the launch in view of the anomaly observed. We will come back after understanding the anomaly, correct it and schedule the launch very soon,” the space agency’s chairman said from the Mission Control Centre.

The revised launch schedule would be announced later after analysing what went wrong, he added.

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