Highlights:

  • .Chandrayaan-3, India’s Lunar expedition is scheduled to be initiated in the quarter of 2022.
  • .Jitender Singh is in charge of the Department of Space said the Launch of Chandrayaan-3 has been rescheduled
  • .The Chandrayan-3 mission has been planned as only a lander-rover mission to demonstrate India’s capability of soft landing on a celestial body that will communicate with Earth via the existing orbiter from Chandrayaan-2

Chandrayaan-3, India’s Lunar expedition is scheduled to be initiated in the quarter of 2022, Union minister Jitender Singh said on Wednesday, stressing that its progress was hampered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The minister of State in charge of the Department of Space said that the Launch of Chandrayaan-3 has been rescheduled, in a response to a query raised in the Lok Sabha.

“Chandrayaan-3 is likely to be launched during the third quarter of 2022 assuming normal workflow henceforth,” said a written answer in Parliament by Dr. Jitendra Singh.

The Chandrayan-3 mission has been planned as only a lander-rover mission to demonstrate India’s capability of soft landing on a celestial body that will communicate with Earth via the existing orbiter from Chandrayaan-2 whose lifespan has been estimated to be seven years.

The third mission was declared just a few months after the Vikram lander abroad Chandrayaan-2 mission crash-landed on the moon’s surface just 2.1 km from its goal in September 2019.

The mission was previously planned for late 2020 or early 2021, However, the pandemic affected the schedule for manufacturing the modules.

“The realization of Chandrayaan-3 involves various processes, including finalization of configuration, subsystem realization (manufacturing), integration, spacecraft-level detailed testing, and several special tests to evaluate the system’s performance on Earth. The realization process was hampered due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the answer said in the Lok sabha said.

The Indian Space Research Organisation manufactured the propulsion system beforehand and tests were ongoing. The lander and propulsion systems were being integrated and several tests were planned for mid-2021.

If the previous mission would have been successful, India would have been the fourth nation to accomplish so after the USA, USSR, and China, and also the first country to have landed so near to the Lunar South Pole.

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