Chandrayaan-2, India’s Most Ambitious Space Mission Will Launch On July 15; India Will Now Make Space Weapons!
We’d informed you in late May that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to launch India’s 2nd lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 in July, featuring India’s most powerful rocket, GSLV Mk 3.
Chandrayaan-2 is all set to conceive its journey towards the moon on July 15, from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am. This is the most complex mission undertaken by ISRO, the first mission to land on the south pole of moon, a territory never visited by any spacecraft in history.
Also, Modi government on June 11 announced that it will be developing sophisticated weapon systems and technologies for combat in outer space. It has approved plans to launch a weapons research agency called the Defense Space Research Agency, working towards building space weapons.
Chandrayaan-2: All Set to Carry Out India’s Most Complex Mission
After rescheduling the mission several times, ISRO has finally fixed July 15 as the date for bringing into action, its most complex mission of all time, the Chandrayaan-2. It will launch from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51am and is designated to land on the south pole of moon, not yet touched by any spacecraft, on September 6 or 7.
The whole mission costs about Rs. 1000 crore, constituting of a spacecraft (3.8 tonnes) containing: Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan). The mission will be launched using the “Baahubali” or the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III), costing Rs 375 crore.
There’ll be a total of 13 scientific payloads. The whole mission is this complex because the satellite is landing on the south pole of the moon on an unchartered territory. No country has ever attempted it. The chief focus of the mission will be the final landing, taking about 15 minutes, the most terrifying moment when the Lander would mechanically separate from the Orbiter to soft land om the lunar South Pole.
The South Pole of the moon is expected to contain many minerals. The mission will demonstrate soft landing for future missions and it carries 13 Indian scientific instruments that will help analyse the minerals on the moon, map the moon surface and search for water.
India Will be Developing Space Weapons:
Indian Govt on Tuesday announced that it will develop sophisticated weapons systems and technologies to fight wars in outer space. The government approved plans to launch a weapons research agency called the Defense Space Research Agency, created solely for the task of creating space weapon systems to fight future space wars.
It will provide research and development support to the Defense Space Agency (DSA), comprising of an Air Vice Marshal-level officer.
ISRO Chief Dr K Sivan says that everyone at ISRO is very excited about the whole mission and as the days approach nearer, the sense of excitement and tension grows. If all goes well, India will be the 4th country to perform a soft landing on moon and put a rover on it, after US, Russia and China.