The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is preparing to venture another autonomous soft-landing on the Moon by November 2020. Rumors suggest that Chandrayaan-3 will be a project in collaboration with the Japanese space agency, JAXA, and will send a lunar rover to the south pole of the moon.
Reports suggest that ISRO has formed committees to put in place a framework for the mission and have held at least four high-level meetings since October. Moreover, the mission’s payload capacity could be 500 kg and the total mass at launch is expected to be 6 tons or even more. The objective of the mission is mainly to collect samples, find prospects for water or ice, and analysis of the nearby region. It is believed that the new mission will include only a lander and a rover (As the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter is functioning well)
The Chandrayaan program, also known as the Indian Lunar Exploration Programme of the ISRO, aims to explore the moon by landing research and development focused rovers on the surface for scientific analysis of various regions.
Moreover, the Indian Lunar Exploration Programme of the ISRO intends to explore the moon by landing research and development focused rovers on the surface for scientific analysis of various regions.
ISRO chief K Sivan earlier this month 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.”
According to certain reports, the Chandrayaan-3 moon-craft project could also see participation from NASA. However, the same has not been made official yet. It is assumed that JAXA is helping in developing the rocket and rover while ISRO is developing the lander.