Seven Interplanetary Missions In Pipeline For Next Decade, Says ISRO Chairman K Sivan
Seven Interplanetary Missions  In Pipeline For Next Decade, Says ISRO Chairman K SivanThe GSLV Mark III rocket. . (image via ISRO website)

After it launches a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV) Mark III carrying India’s lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 this year, ISRO is planning to take gigantic leaps to foray into interplanetary and solar missions.

ISRO chairperson K Sivan said that the agency is working on seven missions that are supposed to see their culmination in the coming decade, reports Zee News.

Among these missions are the Mars Orbiter Mission 2, Chandrayaan 3, a mission to Venus, EXPO-SAT planetary exploration and Aditya L1. Notably, there is a lot of interest on Venus, and around 20 payloads are being built for the purpose.

Mission Aditya L1, to study Sun’s corona is set for a mid-2020 launch. The Mars Orbiter 2 and Chandrayaan 3 are in the planning stage.

ISRO is in the final stages of testing the orbiter, lander and rovers of Chandrayaan 2 which will be launch-ready by May end, though it is scheduled to be launched on the second week of July. India will be the first country to land on the south pole of Moon.

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