ISRO will launch Chandrayaan 3 in August 2022
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Union Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy of India Dr. Jitendra Singh on 3rd February 2022 informed the Lok Sabha that the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled for launch in August 2022.
- The Chandrayaan-1 mission was launched on 22nd October 2008 using the PSLV-C11. The major discovery of the Chandrayaan-1 mission is the detection of water (H2O) and hydroxyl (OH) on the lunar surface.
- The Chandrayaan-2 mission was launched on 22nd July 2019. It comprised an Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan) sent aboard the country’s most powerful geosynchronous launch vehicle the GSLV-Mk3 However, lander Vikram which to land on the moon’s South Pole, instead of a controlled landing, ended up crash-landing on September 7, 2019. It still has a fully operational orbiter.
- Chandrayaan-3 will be the follow-up mission of Chandrayaan-2. It will only include Lander and Rover.
- Other major projects of ISRO such as first manned mission Gaganyaan and mission to Sun, Aditya Solar Mission are also in the pipeline for this year.
- The number of missions planned by the ISRO from January 2022 to December 2022 are 19.
Some of the important mission are::
- RISAT-1A PSLV C5-2 Satellite (scheduled for launch in mid-February 2022).
- OCEANSAT-3 and INS 2B ANAND on PSLV C-53 (scheduled for launch in March 2022).
- SSLV-D1 Micro SAT (scheduled for launch in April 2022).
- GSAT-24 through the Ariane 5 rocket owned by Arianespace (scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2022).
RISAT:- Radar Imaging Satellite
PSLV:- Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
SSLV:- Small Satellite Launch Vehicle
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