Blogarchiv
Raumfahrt - 4 astronauts identified for ‘Gaganyaan’ mission, training to start in Russia this month: ISRO

2.01.2020

ISRO chief K Sivan said that the Government has approved Chandrayaan-3 and that work related to Chandrayaan-3 and ‘Gaganyaan’ was going on simultaneously.

isro-5

ISRO Chairman K Sivan. (File Photo: IANS)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday informed that the training of astronauts for the ambitious manned mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will commence from the third week of January in Russia.

ISRO chief K Sivan said that four astronauts have been identified for the mission adding that the training of astronauts will start from third week of this month in Russia.

He further said that the Government has approved Chandrayaan-3 and that work related to Chandrayaan-3 and ‘Gaganyaan’ was going on simultaneously.

Speaking on Chandrayaan-2, which faltered in its last leg, Sivan said that the space agency has made good progress on the mission even if it did not successfully land on the lunar surface. He said the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 is still functioning and will go on for the next seven years to produce science data.

The ISRO chief also congratulated the Chennai based techie who recently located the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 that hard-landed and maintained that it was the space agency’s policy not to release picture of the crashed module.

“We know where it crashed and where it is located,” Mr Sivan said. To a question on what went wrong with Vikram lander, he said it was due to velocity reduction failure.

“The velocity reduction failure was due to internal reasons,” he said.

Chandrayaan-2 mission was India’s first attempt to land on the lunar surface. The ISRO had planned the landing on South Pole of the lunar surface. However, the lander Vikram hard-landed.

K Sivan further added that the land acquisition for a second space port has been initiated and it will be in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi.

Quelle: The Statesman

+++

ISRO working simultaneously on Chandrayaan-3 and Gaganyaan, India’s next lunar missions

The Chandrayaan-3 is the successor to the Chandrayaan-2 mission and it will likely attempt another soft-landing on the lunar surface. Here's everything you need to know about India's next lunar mission.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is currently working on the Chandrayaan-3 project which might be pushed to 2021 as opposed to the earlier speculation of a 2020 launch. ISRO chairman K Sivan on Wednesday said, “Government has approved Chandrayaan-3, the project is ongoing. However, the project might take 14-16 months, which could result in works being pushed to 2021,” reported PTI.

What is Chandrayaan-3

As the name suggests, the Chandrayaan-3 is the successor to the Chandrayaan-2 mission and it will likely attempt another soft-landing on the lunar surface. Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander had a hard landing, and crashed on the lunar surface. ISRO chairman K Sivan told the press that the new mission will have a lander, rover, and a propulsion module. 

He also said that the space agency has formed the Chandrayaan-3 project team and the work is going on smoothly. The ISRO website is yet to update the information regarding the functioning of Chandrayaan-3 along with the list of scientific instruments that will be carried over to the Moon on board the mission.

Chandrayaan-3 mission cost

As per ISRO, the total cost of Chandrayaan-3 mission will be over Rs 600 crores. In comparison, the total cost of the Chandrayaan-2 mission was Rs 960 crores.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is currently working on the Chandrayaan-3 project which might be pushed to 2021 as opposed to the earlier speculation of a 2020 launch. ISRO chairman K Sivan on Wednesday said, “Government has approved Chandrayaan-3, the project is ongoing. However, the project might take 14-16 months, which could result in works being pushed to 2021,” reported PTI.

What is Chandrayaan-3

As the name suggests, the Chandrayaan-3 is the successor to the Chandrayaan-2 mission and it will likely attempt another soft-landing on the lunar surface. Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander had a hard landing, and crashed on the lunar surface. ISRO chairman K Sivan told the press that the new mission will have a lander, rover, and a propulsion module. 

He also said that the space agency has formed the Chandrayaan-3 project team and the work is going on smoothly. The ISRO website is yet to update the information regarding the functioning of Chandrayaan-3 along with the list of scientific instruments that will be carried over to the Moon on board the mission.

Chandrayaan-3 mission cost

As per ISRO, the total cost of Chandrayaan-3 mission will be over Rs 600 crores. In comparison, the total cost of the Chandrayaan-2 mission was Rs 960 crores.

Sivan said that the Chandrayaan-3 mission will cost Rs 250 crores for the lander, rover, and propulsion module, whereas the launch of the mission will cost another Rs 365 crores. It makes the total cost of mission equal to Rs 615 crores.

Focus areas for ISRO

ISRO chairman recalled the achievements of ISRO in 2019 and outlined the focus areas for the space agency. “In 2019, our strategy mainly was the expansion program. We wanted to expand ISRO horizontally. The second strategy adopted in 2019 was the capacity building on an outreach program. The third one is the reduction of the physical work in ISRO,” reported ANI. Sivan also announced that the land acquisition for a second spaceport has been initiated. The new port will be in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.

There’s also Gaganyaan

The year 2020 is also going to be the year of Gaganyaan– India’s manned lunar mission. ISRO is working parallelly on Gaganyaan project along with the Chandrayaan-3. The space agency has already constituted an advisory committee for the Gaganyaan. ISRO chairman informed that they have identified four astronauts and their training will commence in Russia from the third week of January in 2020.

The story of the Chennai techie and how he found the Vikram Lander on Moon

What happened to Chandrayaan-2

India’s dream of landing a spacecraft on the moon remained unfulfilled as the Vikram lander onboard the Chandrayaan-2 mission failed to perform a soft-landing on Moon. The landing of Vikram to be in a plain about 600 km from the south pole of the Moon, and would made India, the fourth nation in the world to achieve a successful soft-landing on the lunar surface. US space agency NASA confirmed in December, that the debris had been located, a discovery which it credited to Chennai-based techie Shanmuga Subramanian.

However, as per ISRO, the mission managed to complete 90-95 per cent of its objectives. Sivan said that even though India could not land a spacecraft on the lunar surface, the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is still functioning and “it is going to function for the next seven years to produce science data”.

To a question on what went wrong with Vikram lander, he said that it was due to velocity reduction failure. “The velocity reduction failure was due to internal reasons,” he said.

Quelle: The Indian Express

+++

ISRO to set up second launch port in Thoothukodi district of Tamilnadu for small satellite launch vehicles

@isro

Indian Space Research Organisation will establish a second launch port in Thoothukodi district in Tamilnadu exclusively to launch small satellite launch vehicles.

Speaking to media persons in Bengaluru today, ISRO Chairman K Sivan informed that this will come up in 2300 acres.

On the lines of GPS navigation system developed by America, the Indian navigation system called Navic with the indigenous atomic clock will be operational with mobile phone manufacturers coming forward to install the regional navigation device.

On future programmes, the ISRO Chairman said that Chandrayaan 3 mission to the moon, comprising of a lander and a rover is approved by the Government.

On the progress made in India’s first manned mission to outer space Gaganyaan, he said, the process of Astronaut selection is over and four men selected from Indian Air Force will leave for Russia in the third week of January to get training. The Gaganyaan mission is targeted to be launched by 2022.

Before that unmanned missions will be launched to test the crew module with robots resembling humans.

This unmanned space mission will test spacecraft re-entry technology, space capsule recovery experiment and effect of microgravity on the crew module necessary for the human space travel. 

Quelle: All India Radio

 
240 Views