The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has confirmed the launching of Chandrayaan 3 on the moon in 2020. Although they faced technical difficulties leading to failure of Chandrayaan 2, ISRO is not letting these issues come in between their ambition of becoming a space superpower in the coming decade.
The connection to Chndrayaan 2 lander Vikram was lost when it was just 2.1 km away from the moon. The Chandrayaan 2 orbiter, which has a mission life of 1 year, is still in the moon’s orbit.
According to ISRO chief, K.Sivan, the Chandrayaan 3 mission is approved by the Government and the moon craft will have a lander and a rover but not orbiter. He said that the mission will have a similar configuration as the previous one. Chandrayaan 2 was successful in deploying a lunar orbiter but failed to land. The orbiter carries 8 scientific payloads for mapping the moon surface and study the exosphere of Moon. If the mission had landed on the moon, India would have become the fourth nation after US, Russia, and China to land on the moon’s dark surface.
Image taken by NASA’s LRO, shows the remains of Vikram lander on the moon. The Chandrayaan 3 mission’s modalities are still being worked out but the ISRO chief, K.Shivan is confident about the project and is expecting to execute it in 2020. With all the researches and logistics already taken care of, the cost of this mission would be significantly lesser compared to Chandrayaan 2.
At the same time, ISRO is preparing to launch a satellite (Heavy communication satellite) Gsat-30 on January 17th which will be the first satellite of 2020. The launching will be from Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana. According to Sivan, “the launch of Gsat 30 will be our first satellite in the new year to augment capacity to provide communication links to state-run and private service providers”.
In addition to all this, works for ISRO’s first human space mission ‘gaganyaan’ is being carried out in full fledge and is expected to be completed by 2021. They have selected four Indian Airforce pilots for the mission who will be sent to Russia for training.
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