India continues moon landing efforts

“Right now we’re testing the propulsion system because we had a problem with it last time,” said Somanath. PlaceMonday (4/25/2022).

The comment relates to the mission Chandrayan 2 2019, which includes an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The lunar orbiter has been operating successfully for more than two years, but Vikram Lander suffered a hard landing after losing control of the spacecraft’s thrust.

To avoid an incident similar to Chandrayaan 3, ISRO made adjustments to the lander. “There is a change in the propulsion system. We will be tested at the liquid propulsion center in Mahendragiri,” said Somanath.

While the data from the test is excellent, ISRO is proceeding with caution. “We want to be very, very careful this time because we know how to get to the moon,” Somanath said.

The Chandrayaan 3 mission includes a new lander and rover, but no orbiter. Similar to Chandrayaan 2, the mission is intended to target a landing site near the poles and operate on the surface for one lunar day (14 Earth days). The lander would not survive the extreme cold of the moonlit night.

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