Is Chandrayaan-2 a Decision-maker for Upcoming ISRO Projects?


While the whole country was rooting for Vikram Lander’s safe landing, according to sources, Vikram failed to soft-land on the Moon.However, Vikram’s health is not yet fully ascertained, though it has been accurately located. On the intervening night of September 7-8, the robot researcher, rover Pragyan could not hatch from the shell of Vikram. Even then, the Chandrayaan-2 mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is 90 percent successful.

ISRO has lined up quite a few programmes for the future such as; another moon mission: Chandrayaan-3, sending humans to the moon in Gaganyaan, and a mission to Venus: Aditya L1. Vikram’s failure towards a soft landing might have a close connection with the Gaganyaan mission, which cannot afford to have any margin for error. This ambitious project is expected to be launched in December 2021.

Tow-three astronauts are expected to be on board of Gaganyaan. However, this mission depends on ISRO ‘s error-free control over launch of the crewed spacecraft, the ability to eject in case of a faulty launch, the wherewithal to support life in space and the re-entry of the spacecraft into the Earth’s atmosphere.

According to the suggestions going around, it has been noticed that ISRO might advance the schedule of Chandrayaan-3, which was slated for 2024 to send it before the Gaganyaan mission. This time, however, India is not acting alone with Chandrayaan-3 which is an ISRO mission in collaboration with Japan’s Jaxa (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).

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While ISRO is very tempted to reassess its technological prowess by launching robotic missions of space exploration to gain more insight before launching Gaganyaan; K Sivan, ISRO’s chairman says that the future missions of ISRO will not be affected by the failure of Vikram Lander.