Launch of Chandrayaan-3 postponed to 2022, says ISRO chief. In the wake of the pandemic of coronavirus, the launch of the third lunar mission of India is postponed until 2022.
It was expected to launch Chandrayaan-3 earlier this year, 2021. However, a host of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) ventures like Chandrayaan-3 were affected by the Covid 19 lock-down.
Chandrayaan-3 is to be launched by 2022 and the CEO of Isro Sivan said that Chandrayaan-3 will have a new orbiter, unlike Chandrayaan-2.
“We are working on it. It is the same configuration as Chandrayaan-2 but it will not have an orbiter. The orbiter launched during Chandrayaan-2 will be used for Chandrayaan-3. With that, we are working on a system and mostly the launch will be next year in 2022,” Sivan said to PTI.
Sivan said ISRO was preparing to land at the same spot as the Chandrayaan-2, whose lander crashed just moments before it was expected to be soft-land on the surface of the moon.
On 22 July 2019, Chandrayaan-2 was launching onboard the country’s most powerful geosynchronous launch vehicle, planned to land a rover on unchartered Lunar South Pole.
On September 7, 2019, lander Vikram hard-landed into India’s fantasy of becoming the first country to successfully land on its first attempt on the surface of the moon.
Chandrayaan-3 is important to ISRO as it reveals the potential of India for more interplanetary missions to land.
Another unmanned mission will follow and Sivan said the third leg is the main module.
K Sivan said that in December ISRO would launch its first Gaganyaan unmanaged mission.
By 2022 Gaganyaan plans to circle three Indians. The four test pilots picked for the mission are currently being instructed in Russia.
Sivan stated, “A lot of technology needs to be demonstrated. We will decide on the time (of the manned mission) after checking whether all the technology is perfect.”
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