ISRO to launch Chandrayaan 3: After an abortive bid 2-months ago, India may try another soft landing on the Moon by next year-end, presumably in Nov, sources in ISRO announced today.
The Indian Space Research Organisation had formed a high-level committee, directed by S Somanath,
Director of Thiruvanathapuram based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, the first city liable for all launch vehicle details of ISRO, to prepare a statement on the proposed Chandrayaan-3.
“The panel’s report is expected. The committee has been provided with a guideline to make the mission before the end of next year,” a senior ISRO official said intelligence agency Press Trust of India.
“Chandrayaan 3 is a big launch window in Nov,” the official said.
“Rover, lander and docking services will see more focus this time, and whatever needs in the Chandrayaan 2 mission will be corrected,” sources in the Bengaluru headquartered space company announced.
On Sep 7, ISRO tried a soft landing of Chandrayaan-2’s lander ‘Vikram’ on the unchartered lunar south pole, before losing communication with it.
A national-level panel consisting of academics and ISRO experts, headed by V Narayanan, Director of the area agency’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, has explained the cause of communication loss with the lander.
The members of the panel held those from VSSC and UR Rao Satellite Centre.
“This committee has pinpointed as to what went awry. They have prepared a full report and are believed to have submitted it to the Space Commission,” an ISRO official said.
“It’s expected to put in the public domain after the approval of the Prime Minister’s Office,” the official said.