NEW DELHI: “We have a small launch window for Chandrayaan-3, which opens from July 12. We will, however, be announcing a final date for the launch soon,” says Isro chief S Somanath.
Chandrayaan-3, which consists of an indigenous lander module, a propulsion module and a rover, is aimed at developing and demonstrating new technologies required for interplanetary missions. Chandrayaan-3 will be launched by Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LVM3) and the propulsion module will carry the lander and rover configuration till 100 km lunar orbit.
The lander will have the capability to soft-land at a specified lunar site and deploy the rover, which will carry out in-situ chemical analysis of the lunar surface during the course of its mobility. They will have scientific payloads to carry out experiments on the lunar surface.
The space agency has already started the assembly process for the payloads for the mission in order to ensure that Isro is able to stick to the launch window, senior officials from the Department of Space said.
India’s Chandrayaan programme is an ongoing series of outer space mission by Isro. The first moon rocket, Chandrayaan-1, was launched in 2008, and was successfully inserted into lunar orbit. Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched and inserted into lunar orbit in 2019.