AGENCIES, New Delhi: It’s no secret that India’s Rs 603cr Chandrayaan-II crashed landed during an attempted moon landing in September 2019.
Six months later, Indian Space Research Organisation has resolved to launch a new spacecraft again taking lessons from the previous mission. Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that Chandrayaan-III mission will be launched in the first half of 2021.
On the ambitious Gaganyaan space project of sending humans in orbit, in written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Singh said four biological and two physical science experiments related to microgravity will be conducted during the Gaganyaan project, India’s manned mission to space. Technological development of Gaganyaan started in 2006 under the generic name “Orbital Vehicle”. The Indian manned moon mission is expected to take place in 2022.
Singh said the revised configuration takes care of the robustness in design, capacity enhancement for mission flexibility and at the same time retained the heritage of Chandrayaan-II to the extent possible.
“The tentative launch schedule for Chandrayaan–III is first half of 2021. Chandrayaan–III mission has been configured based on the lessons learnt from Chandrayaan–II,” Singh said.