India has announced to proceed towards its third lunar mission.
Chairman of India’s space agency K Sivan aid that the work for the execution of Chandrayaan-3 is being done smoothly.
He mentioned that they aimed to launch the mission this year, but it can be launched in 2021.
India would become the fourth country to accomplish landing on the moon smoothly if they succeed in their attempt. It will also boost its credentials as a low-cost space power.
Given that Russia, the US, and China have successfully sent their mission to the moon.
India has announced its plan months after its last mission crash-landed on the moon.
The chairman K Sivan said that the configuration of Chandrayaan-3 will be similar to that of Chandrayaan-2.
Chandrayaan was the high-profile mission, as it intended to land on the south pole of the Moon. The South Pole was the spot no other craft had reached before, to do activities such as searching for water and minerals and calculating moon quakes.
However, the mission failed when the module crash-landed.
He added that the new mission will land on the same area and would “have a lander, rover, and propulsion module like its predecessor.”
The new equipment to be added will cost over $35m.
Junior minister for the department of state Jitendra Singh has declared the new mission as a bit economical.
He said to a local news agency, “The orbiter is already there. So we are going to be cutting cost,”
K Sivan said that India planned to introduce at least 25 space missions this year.