Chandrayaan-3, the third lunar exploration mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is scheduled for launch in August 2022.
Many related hardware and their special tests are successfully completed and the Launch is scheduled for August,Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh informed the Lok Sabha.
Based on the learnings from Chandrayaan-2 and suggestions made by the national level experts, the realization of Chandrayaan-3 is in progress.
Besides, the ISRO is planning 19 launches during January to December this year and this included eight launch vehicle missions, seven spacecraft missions and four technology demonstrator missions.
Several ongoing missions were impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, reprioritization of projects has taken place in the back drop of Space Sector reforms and newly introduced demand driven models, he added.
The list of satellites launched in the last three years’ time include EOS-03 launched on August 12, 2021; Amazonia-1 launched on February 28, 2021; Satish Dhawan SAT (SDSAT) on February 28, 2021, and UNITYsat on February 28, 2021.
In the year 2020 and 2019, CMS-01 was launched on December 17, 2020; EOS-01 (November 7, 2020); GSAT-30 (January 17, 2020) while those launched in 2019 include RISAT-2BR1 (December 11, 2019); Cartosat-3 (November 27, 2019); Chandrayaan-2 (July 22, 2019); RISAT-2B (May 22, 2019); EMISAT (April 1, 2019); GSAT-31 (February 6, 2019); Microsat-R (January 24, 2019) and Kalamsat-V2 (January 24, 2019).
Sources said in Chandrayaan-2, a last minute glich in the soft landing guidance software led to the failure of the lander’s soft landing attempt after a successful orbital insertion. Chandrayaan-3 will be a mission repeat of Chandrayaan-2 but will only include a lander and rover similar to that of Chandrayaan-2. It will not have an orbiter.