Indian Space agency ISRO once again will try soft-landing on the moon by the November 2020. That will be the second attempt from the space agency. In the first attempt that was happened on Septemeber 7, 2019 things did not go as per expectations when Vikram lander lost communication during an attempt for soft-landing. While the lander lost during landing but its orbiter is successfully placed at the orbit of the moon.
Update: Union Minister Jitendra Singh confirmed on Tuesday, that scientists are working on the Chandrayaan 3 mission and it will cost less than Chandrayaan-2.
“Yes, the lander and rover mission will most likely happen in 2020. However, as I have said before, the Chandrayaan-2 mission cannot be called a failure as we have learned a lot from it. There is no country in the world that has landed on its first attempt. The US took several attempts. But we will not need so many attempts,” Singh said.
The ISRO had formed a high-level committee, headed by S Somanath, Director of Thiruvanathapuram-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, to prepare a report on the proposed Chandrayaan-3. The committee already has held four such meetings since October. The committee members have discussed various aspects of the mission such as landing site, velocity, absolute navigation, and local navigation. The main priority for the new mission is to strengthen the legs of the lander so that it lands with high velocity without crashing.
ISRO scientists will design and build an entirely new lander and rover. Since Orbiter is successfully orbiting around the moon, it will not be part of the Chandrayaan 3 mission. Chandrayaan 3 will feature less orbital manoeuvers than Chnadrayaan 2. To recall Chandrayaan 2 features 6 orbital manoeuvers.
Earlier this month, ISRO chief K Sivan had said, “Let me assure that ISRO will pull all its experience, knowledge and technical prowess to set things right and demonstrate soft landing in near the future. On the technology part yes, we could not achieve a soft landing, but all the systems functioned until 300 meters from the moon’s surface. Very valuable data is available to set things right.”
Originally published on November 15, 2019
Updated on January 1, 2020: Added a launch date for the event