Chandrayaan-3 scheduled for launch in August 2022: Minister

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III) lifting off with Chandrayaan-2 from the Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 22, 2019. (ISRO)

Chandrayaan-3 scheduled for launch in August 2022: Minister

New Delhi, February 3, 2022

Union Minister for Science & Technology Jitendra Singh has said Chandrayaan-3, India's third moon mission, is scheduled for launch in August 2022.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Dr Jitendra Singh said that, based on the learnings from Chandrayaan-2 and suggestions made by experts, the realization of Chandrayaan-3 is in progress.

"Many related hardware and their special tests are successfully completed and the launch is scheduled for August 2022," he said.

The Minister said that the number of missions planned during calendar year 2022 are 19, including eight Launch Vehicle Missions, seven Spacecraft Missions and four Technology Demonstrator Missions.

He said several ongoing missions were impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, reprioritization of projects has taken place in the backdrop of Space Sector reforms and the newly-introduced demand-driven models.

The Rs 978-crore Chandrayaan-2 was launched into space by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) on July 22, 2019.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft comprised three segments -- the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), Vikram (1,471 kg, four payloads) and Pragyan, the rover (27 kg, two payloads).

After five earth-bound orbit raising activities, Chandrayaan-2 was inserted into the lunar orbit. On September 2, Vikram separated from the orbiter.

Early on September 7, 2019, Vikram, while on its descent to softland on the lunar's south polar region, apparently lost control and crashlanded, losing communication links with the ground station.

Chandrayaan-1 was launched on October 22, 2008, and began orbiting the moon on November 8, 2008.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) lost radio contact with the lunar orbiter abruptly on August 29, 2009, signalling the end of that part of the ambitious project. By then, however, the 11 payloads of Chandrayaan-1 had largely met their objectives of studying the moon from different perspectives.

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