ISRO has started working on the Chandrayaan-3 mission. The mission is the successor of Chandrayaan-2 that was launched last year. ISRO is planning to launch the mission by late 2020 or early 2021.
“We have started working on our third lunar mission to land an unmanned spacecraft near the Moon’s south pole. The project work has gained momentum to launch the lander and rover by early 2021,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said.
Earlier in the first week of January, the government approved the budget of the mission. K. Sivan said the Chandrayaan-3 mission would cost less than Chandrayaan-2. 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.
It 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.