A possible site for the new Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launch pad, ‘Third Launch Pad’ has been identified in Sriharikota,MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha today.
The new launch pad is being build to increase launch frequency, take care of launching requirements of future advanced launch vehicles and also serve as a redundant launch pad for the GSLV MIII class of vehicles, he added.
The minister said that the site has been selected taking into account the safety distances and maximal utilization of existing launch pad facilities.
However, further work on the design of the launch pad will be taken up after finalizing the configuration of the advanced launch vehicle, of GSLV MIII.
Bengaluru, Oct 31: India will undertake another lunar expedition in early 2018 by sending a lander and a rover to explore the Moon to unravel its origin and present conditions, a top space official said on Monday.
The second Moon mission — Chandrayaan-2 — comes nearly a decade after India’s maiden lunar odessey in November 8, 2008, through a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket, which was launched on October 22 that year.
For launching Chandrayaan-1, the ISRO used PSLV rocket as the spacecraft carried only an impact probe vehicle to crash land on the Moon surface from its orbit.
“We are working towards putting an orbiter, lander, and the whole system in the lunar orbit in the first quarter of 2018,” state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar told reporters here.
“The orbiter is getting ready and integrated,” he said.
“The lander and rover are undergoing tests. Some more tests are planned for December,” the ISRO chief said.
The lunar spacecraft will be launched onboard the space agency’s heavy rocket — Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark II — from the second launch pad of the space port, located at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
As part of integration, the lander and rover would be configured for soft landing at a designated spot on the Moon and to conduct scientific experiments.
The rover will emerge from the lander to observe the lunar terrain and relay the data along with images through radio links.(IANS)
India would launch its latest remote sensing satellite in Cartosat-2 series along with 28 foreign satellites riding piggy-back in December, a top space official said on Monday.
“In the next launch, we have a Cartosat along with 28 international commercial satellites, which we will launch in the second half of December,” said S. Rakesh, the Chairman and Managing Director of Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
There will be 25 nano satellites and three micro satellites from the US and other countries as co-passengers along the space firm’s own satellite of the Cartosat-2 series, he said.
The satellites will be launched into the orbit onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Rakesh added.
The next launch will be keenly watched as it comes after ISRO’s PSLV rocket failed to deploy a spare navigation satellite on August 31. The rocket’s heat shield had failed to separate leaving the satellite inside the shield.
The Cartosat-2 is an earth observation satellite that is capable of providing high-quality images.
Imageries from Cartosat-2 series are used for cartographic, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.
The previous satellite (Cartosat-2E) in the series was launched on February 15 this year from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, about 90km northeast of Chennai.(IANS)
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Atomic Energy and Space Dr. Jitendra Singh has announced the launch of the second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan 2, to be carried out in the first quarter of 2018.
ISRO Scientists have started their flight integration activities for its next lunar mission called as Chandrayaan 2.
Chandrayaan 2, India’s second mission to the moon, is an upgraded version of the previous Chandrayaan 1 mission launched nine years ago. This spacecraft is supposed to be a composite model comprising of orbiter, lander, and rover. According to ISRO, Chandrayaan 2 will land softly with the rover on the moon enhancing further scientific exploration on the lunar surface.
The minister even said India to have emanated as the world’s frontline nation in the field of Space Technology, at the annual inaugural session of the five-day Asian Conference on Remote Sensing. He referred to PM Narendra Modi’s efforts by appreciating the advancement in science and technology in the past three years where India had launched South Asian Satellite.
The 38th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing is ongoing in New Delhi from October 23 to 27.
-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana