The work on Chandrayaan-3 mission has started and it is going on at full speed, ISRO chief K Sivan said on Wednesday.
"The work on Chandrayaan-3 has started and it is going at full speed," he told reporters here. Asked whether ISRO look at a manned mission to the Moon, Sivan said, "Definitely someday but not immediately."
Earlier this month, Sivan had stated that Chandrayaan-3's configuration will be almost similar to Chandrayaan-2 but the new mission will have a rover with a propulsion module.
"In Chandrayaan-2 we had orbiter, lander and rover configuration. But the Chandrayaan-3 will be having a lander and rover with a propulsion module. The work is being carried out very smoothly," he had said.
Sivan further said that Chandrayaan-3's lander and craft cost is approximately Rs 250 crore, whereas the launch cost will be around Rs 350 crore.
ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-3 in first half of 2021: Govt
Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in the first half of 2021, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said, indicating that there could be a slight delay in the launch of the third moon mission.
In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Singh said four biological and two physical science experiments related to microgravity will be conducted during the Gaganyaan project, India's manned mission to space.
Singh said the revised configuration takes care of the robustness in design, capacity enhancement for mission flexibility and at the same time retained the heritage of Chandrayaan-II to the extent possible.
"The tentative launch schedule for Chandrayaan–III is first half of 2021. Chandrayaan–III mission has been configured based on the lessons learnt from Chadrayaan – II," Singh said.
Chandrayaan-II hard-landed on lunar surface last year.
The Indian Space Research Organisation had then resolved to launch the project again. It had said the project is likely to be launched by the end of the year.
Elaborating on the progress made on Gaganyaan, Singh said hardware realisation has commenced for ground test and space flight training of four astronaut candidates has also commenced.
"Four biological and two physical science experiments related to microgravity from academic institutions are short-listed...," Singh said.
National collaboration for design, development and delivery of human-centric products such as crew medical kit, crew health monitoring system, emergency survival kit, dosimeters, earmuffs and fire suppression system has started, Singh said.
A three-week training programme for flight surgeon was also completed at ISRO with participation of CNES, the space agency of France, he added.
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