Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief Dr K Siva on Wednesday (22 January) said the work on India’ next mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-3, had started, news agency ANI tweeted.
“The work on Chandrayaan-3 has started and it is going at full speed,” he said while speaking to reporters.
As reported earlier, Dr Sivan on New Year (1 January) confirmed that the central government had approved the project and it is slated to be implemented in 2021.
This year, the whole nation was heartbroken when the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 mission, launched in July 2019, went missing in September mere five minutes before the intended soft-landing.
Dr Sivan, answering the questions regarding the failure of the Vikram lander, had earlier said that the navigation control and guidance mechanism in the penultimate phase was not designed to handle the large spike in speed that developed in the last three-five minutes of its descent.
As per the ISRO chief, Chandrayaan-3 will have the same configuration as that of its predecessor thus indicating that it too will have a lander and a rover. The landing location too will be the same as that of Chandrayaan-2.
The total cost of the project is slated to be around Rs 615 crore, almost Rs 350 crore less than its predecessor. The preparation for this mission will be carried out simultaneously along with the Gaganyaan mission - India’s first human spaceflight mission.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.