ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-3, Aditya-L1 missions in mid-2023
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is anticipated to launch in mid-2023, days after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) finished crucial testing. Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar mission, is anticipated to launch by the middle of 2023, according to S Somnath, director general of the Indian Space Research Organization.
ISRO Chief S Somnath said, “The Chandrayaan-3 craft is fully ready. It is fully integrated. Of course, there is some correction work being done, and we are building a lot of confidence in the mission through lots of simulations and tests, etc. And possibly the launch can take place by the middle of this year. Of course, the orbiter is devoid of all those payloads that are there in Chandrayaan-2. It will only have a little bit of payload. But the primary objective is to take the lander to the orbit of the moon and make it land. “The primary objective of Chandrayaan-3 is going to be a precise landing. For that, a lot of work is being done today, including building new instruments, building better algorithms, taking care of the failure modes.”
In order to show end-to-end capabilities in safe landing and wandering on the lunar surface, Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2. It is made up of the Lander and Rover arrangement. According to Somanath, it would have an orbiter, a lander, and a rover, much like Chandrayaan-2.
At the same time frame, Aditya-L1, India’s first solar mission, will also be launched into orbit. Aditya-L1 will have a very special solar observation capacity, according to Somnath, who was speaking at the 4th Indian Planetary Science Conference. Instruments have already been delivered, and ISRO is integrating them into the satellite. The Aditya mission will be launched to Lagrangian Point L1, which offers a strategic position for long-term, uninterrupted observations of the Sun.
“And the sun observing capabilities we are developing will be rather special. We have already received the necessary instruments, and are now integrating them into the satellite “explained the ISRO chief. He said that testing for integration with the satellite is now being done on the equipment that will be utilised.