India began working on its third lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-3’ after the maiden attempt to soft-land on the south pole of Moon failed on September 7 last year. In its failure of the second attempt, ISRO spent 960 crores on ‘Chandrayaan-2.’ And recently, a space-official at ISRO on Wednesday said – “India began working on its third lunar mission — Chandrayaan-3 — which is scheduled for launch in early 2021.”
With the start of 2020, K. Sivan expressed media that Indian govt had approved their ambitious mission of soft-landing a spacecraft and rover back on the south pole of Moon, which would be scheduled for later 2020 or early 2021.
And recently, at the space event K. Sivan, Chairman of Indian Space Research & Organization (ISRO), opened with his statement – “We have started working on our third lunar mission to land an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon’s south pole. The project work has gained momentum to launch the lander and rover by early 2021.”
With that, Sivan also talked about ‘Gangayaan,’ which is India’s maiden manned mission. It said that we had recruited four Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots who would be accompanying three members from ISRO as a crew to visit Russia for training.
“The four pilots will be trained in our crew and service module to operate it for simulations. Three of them will be finally selected for the 7-day space mission in the earth’s lower orbit,” said Sivan.
Adding to that, Sivan also said that after returning from Russia, the IAF quad would have to attain module-specific training at the space agency’s human space flight centre. Further, he added this is the centre where crucial technologies are being developed for space missions.
The chairman, with enthusiasm, asserted, “Gaganyaan will be a historic mission for the country as three Indian astronauts will fly in a space module designed and developed indigenously.”
The budget set for the next lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan-3’ is expected to be around Rs. 610 crores, which is much lower than its previous ‘Chandrayaan-2’ with the budget spent of Rs. 960 crores.
“As Chandrayaan-3 will have only a lander and rover, the lunar spacecraft will cost Rs. 610 crores, including Rs. 360 crores for the launch rocket,” said Sivan on the margins of a symposium on “Human Spaceflight and Exploration – Present Challenges and Future Trends.”
The project has already gained momentum, and the ISRO team is preparing to launch the lander and rover by early 2021.