Chandrayaan-3, India's third lunar mission, is in the advanced stages of realisation and it is targeted to be launched in the second quarter of financial year 2022-23, the Parliament was told on Thursday (9 December).
In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said, "Chandrayaan-3 is in advanced stage of realisation. All the systems in both Propulsion Module and Rover Module have been realized, integrated and tested".
"In the Lander Module, most of the systems have been realised and tests are under progress," Singh said.
"Chandrayaan-3 is targeted to be launched in the second quarter of financial year 2022-2023," the minister added.
Integrated Sensors and Navigation performance test on the Chandrayaan-3 Lander have been completed and other tests are in progress, he said.
"All the identified tests will be completed before the launch of Chandrayaan-3," he added.
In a written reply to a separate question, Singh said that the government currently has no proposal to send a manned-mission to the Moon and any proposal for the same would be considered after the launch of Gaganyaan programme, which will be India's first manned space mission.
"Any proposal or studies for extending human presence beyond Low earth orbit could be taken after demonstration of Gaganyaan programme," Singh said.
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