'Chandrayaan-2' mission planned for middle of April: ISRO

The launch of India's second Moon mission, 'Chandrayaan-2', is planned for the middle of April, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Sivan announced on Friday.

ISRO had earlier said 'Chandrayaan-2' will be launched in a window between January-February 16.

The mission, costing nearly Rs 800 crore, is an advanced version of the previous 'Chandrayaan-1' mission about 10 years ago.

"Regarding 'Chandrayaan-2' schedule, right now 'Chandrayaan' is scheduled from March 25 to April end. Most probably, the normal targeted date is April middle," Sivan told reporters.

He said the space agency had earlier planned to launch the spacecraft sometime between January and February but it could not materialise because certain tests could not be conducted.

"Once we missed the February target, next available target is April. Right now it is planned for April," the ISRO chief added.