The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its second mission to the moon — Chandrayaan-2 — on July 15 in what it said would be the most complex operation ever to be undertaken by the space agency.
The mission, expected to reach the moon by September 6-7, will be the first such operation near the south pole of the moon and will make India just the fourth country to complete a soft landing on the lunar surface.
The project is set to cost Rs 978 crore – Rs 603 crore for the spacecraft and Rs 375 crore for the GSLV Mk-III. Chandrayaan-2, with a total mission mass of 3.8 tonne, consists of an orbiter, a lander (Vikram), and a rover (Pragyan).
ISRO launches super surveillance satellite, 2019: ISRO, in its third mission of the year in May this year, successfully put into orbit an earth observation satellite that can see through thick clouds and enhance the country’s surveillance capabilities in military and civilian sectors to keep an eye also on terror camps across the border in Pakistan. Dubbed as a ‘spy’ satellite, RISAT-2B (Radar Imaging Satellite-2B) will replace its predecessor RISAT-2 which has been actively used by India to monitor activities in terror camps across the border in Pakistan to thwart infiltration bids by terrorists. RISAT was successfully launched in 2009.
100th satellite launch, 2018: ISRO launched its 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission on January 12, 2018, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Thirty-one spacecraft, including weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, were launched by PSLV-C40. Out of the 31, 28 satellites were foreign, while three were from India.
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