Chandrayaan-3 is one step closer to launch
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) reported on Thursday that the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has achieved yet another significant milestone by successfully completing the crucial tests that verify its ability to withstand the challenging vibration and acoustic environment that the spacecraft would face during its launch.
Using the test facilities at the UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, the tests were carried out during the first week of March. Any spacecraft’s qualification and approval process absolutely requires these tests.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is a composite of three parts, namely the Propulsion Module, Landing Module, and Rover Module, ISRO said the tests were exceptionally difficult.
Chandrayaan-3, a follow-up mission to Chandrayan-2, is a lander-rover configuration that will demonstrate end-to-end capability in safe landing and wandering on the lunar surface. The precise launch dates, which have not yet been announced by the Indian space agency, are most likely to occur in the second or third quarter of 2023.
The mission’s goal is to learn more about the lunar composition. For the mission, ISRO has set three key goals: to demonstrate a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface; to show off the rover’s moon-roving abilities; and to conduct in-situ scientific investigations.