After the India’s first successful mission to moon, Chandrayan, India is now going strong with the launch of Chandrayan 2 on board the GSLV MK-III vehicle. ISRO Chairman K Sivan on Wednesday announced that the Chandrayan 2 will be launched on July 15th.
Launching from the spaceport of Sriharikota, the spacecraft weighs 3.8 tonne, has three modules — Orbiter, Lander (Vikram), and Rover (Pragyan). It was informed that the Orbiter module would have eight payloads, where as Lander and Rover will have three and two respectively.
As the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is set to tackle one of its most complex missions, the satellite will cost the organization 603 crores, while the launch board GSLV MK III will amount to Rs. 375 crores.
The Chandrayaan-1 mission took off in 2008. Weighing 1.4-tonne spacecraft it was launched using PSLV and the orbiter had orbited 100 km from the lunar surface.
We wish the best to ISRO and hope for a successful launch. Read more about the ISRO launch here.