The lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, under which the ISRO will for the first time attempt to land a rover on the moon’s south pole, will be launched in April. Chandrayaan-2 will be ISRO’s first inter-planetary mission to land a rover on any celestial body.
The spacecraft launch, on board GSLV-Mk II, is planned for March and many new technologies have been developed indigenously to achieve the mission requirements.
Team Indus, a Bangalore start-up, was one of the shortlisted participants in the Google Lunar XPrize contest, as part of which it was supposed to send a spacecraft to the moon.
ISRO’s recently launched Cartosat-2 satellite became operational, and beamed back its first images from Indore.
PSLV-C40, 710kg Cartosat-2 series, is the seventh in a constellation of similar remote sensing satellites that ISRO has built up in space.
Interested aspirants can apply at the official website – isro.gov.in before February 2.
“ISRO is starting 2018 with the successful launch. All satellites have been released. So far, the perfromance of Cartosat has been satisfactory,” ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar, who is set to retire on January 14, said at the mission control room in Sriharikota.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 100th satellite at 9.29am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Expressing their delight, Twitterati also joined in the celebrations after the century.
ISRO’s mission, the first carried out by the space agency this year, comes four months after it failed to launch IRNSS-1H onboard PSLV-39.
ISRO successfully launched India’s weather observation satellite Cartosat 2 Series and 29 other spacecraft onboard its dependable Polar rocket PSLV-C40 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO satellite launch Highlights: This is the space agency’s first mission in 2018, and its first since the unsuccessful launch of IRNSS-1H in August last year.
On his elevation, Sivan said: “This is a rare opportunity. This is a post held by legendary people, I accept this with humility.”
ISRO’s 100th satellite launch: With countdown for lift-off already underway, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) is the space agency’s first launch of 2018.
ISRO’s January 12 launch will set 31 satellites into space, that also includes India’s 100th satellite.
The TeamIndus head Rahul Narayan has also in multiple discussions suggested that the launch efforts with ISRO are still on, although he has admitted that the startup was struggling to meet financial targets including payments to ISRO for the rocket launch to the tune of nearly $ 70 million.