ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 launch delayed further till 2022
Chandrayaan-3, the nation's third mission to Moon, is likely to be launched in 2022, ISRO chief K Sivan has said. The COVID-19 induced lockdown has hit several projects of the ISRO, including Chandrayaan-3 which was scheduled to be launched in late 2020, and Gaganyaan, the country's first manned space mission. Unlike its predecessor, Chandrayaan-3 will not have an orbiter.
"We are working on it. It is the same configuration like Chandrayaan-2 but it will not have an orbiter. The orbiter launched during Chandrayaan-2 will be used for Chandrayaan-3. With that we are working on a system and mostly the launch will be next year in 2022," Sivan told PTI.
Chandrayaan-3 is critical for ISRO as it will demonstrate India's capabilities to make landing for further interplanetary missions. The ISRO is targeting December 2021 to launch the first unmanned mission under the Gaganyaan project. The mission was originally scheduled to launch in December last year. It will be followed by another unmanned mission and the third leg is the main module, Sivan said.