ISRO’s third mission to moon, delayed and is likely Chandrayaan 3 launch in 2022, says ISRO chief K Sivan.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown hits all of us as well the ISRO, due to this pandemic various projects of the Indian Space Research Organisation hits., includes Chandrayan 3 which was scheduled to launch in late 2020, and Gaganyaan, India’s first manned mission.
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“The Chandrayaan 3 has designed with the same configuration as Chandrayaan-2 but it will not have an orbiter, we are working on it. The Chandrayaan 3 uses the orbiter launched during Chandrayaan-2. With that, we are working on the Chandrayaan it will be most likely to launch next year in 2022,” K Sivan told PTI.
The aim of Chandrayaan-2 was to land a rover on the unchartered Lunar South Pole of Moon, Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July 2019, the Chandrayaan onboard India’s most powerful geosynchronous launch vehicle.
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However, the Vikram lander Vikram onboarded with Chandrayaan-2 hard-landed on the surface of the moon on 7 September 2019, with its landing the dream of India crashes to become the first nation to successfully land on the lunar surface of the moon.
ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 mission is critical for the country as it will demonstrate the country’s capabilities to successful landing for upcoming interplanetary missions.
The ISRO chief K Sivan said that they targeting December to launch India’s first unmanned mission under the Gaganyaan project. However, the mission was scheduled to launch in December 2020.
The third leg is the main module of this mission and it will be followed by another unmanned mission, he said.
The Gaganyaan mission of ISRO foresees sending three Indians to outer space by 2022. The four Indian test pilots selected for the Gaganyaan mission, currently undergoing training for India’s manned mission in Russia.