A representative photo of the Moon: Guillermo Ferla/Unsplash
New Delhi: Union minister Jitendra Singh said the Chandrayaan 3 mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is scheduled for launch in August 2022.
In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Singh said ISRO is currently working on its third lunar mission, including based on lessons from the semi-successful Chandrayaan 2 missions and suggestions of national experts.
He said that many of the mission’s hardware and other tests have been completed successfully and that the launch is scheduled for August 2022.
The minister also said ISRO has planned 19 missions in 2022: eight ‘launch vehicle’, seven ‘spacecraft’ and four ‘technology demonstrator’ missions.
Several ongoing missions have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Singh said ISRO had reprioritised projects based, among other things, on space sector reforms and new demand-driven models.