- Title: India prepares to send third mission to Moon
- Date: 1st January 2020
- Summary: BENGALURU, KARNATAKA, INDIA (JANUARY 1, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** CHIEF OF INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION (ISRO), K. SIVAN (CENTRE) SEATED AND ADDRESSING THE MEDIA WITH OTHERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION, K. SIVAN, SAYING: "Chandrayaan-3 is... government has approved and it is... The project is now formed. The activity is going on, on Chandrayaan-3 very smoothly and Chandrayaan-3 configuration will be almost as similar to Chandrayaan-2." SIVAN ADDRESSING THE NEWS CONFERENCE WITH OTHERS CAMERAPERSONS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION, K. SIVAN, SAYING: "We have made a good progress in Chandrayaan-2 and even though we could not land successfully (make the) soft-landed the Chandrayaan, the orbiter is still functioning and it is going to function for the next seven years to produce science data." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS CAMERAPERSONS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION, K. SIVAN, SAYING: "Astronauts have... the selection process is over. Now the four astronauts are identified for training purpose. That process also completed. Now the training for these four astronauts will be planned in third week of January of this year." CAMERAPERSONS
- Embargoed: 15th January 2020 10:01
- Keywords: Chandrayaan-3 ISRO India Indian Space Research Organisation K. Sivan Manned space mission Moon
- Location: BENGALURU, KARNATAKA/ SRIHARIKOTA, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA
- City: BENGALURU, KARNATAKA/ SRIHARIKOTA, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Science,Space Exploration
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUCBSCV
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- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THE EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL
India is looking forward to sending its third mission to Moon after ambitious 'Chandrayaan' - 1 and 2, said chief of country's apex space agency, K. Sivan on Wednesday (January 1).
The configuration of 'Chandrayaan-3' will be similar to its predecessor, with a propulsion module, a lander and a rover, minus the orbiter, which is already in place with 'Chandrayaan-2'.
Sivan added that it will take about 14-16 months for 'Chandrayaan-3' to get ready for launch and will possibly be launched next year.
Sivan also said in a press briefing that more than 25 launches will be done in the year 2020 by ISRO, including maiden launch with cost-effective Small Satellite Launching Vehicle (SSLV) and an unmanned flight in preparation for its ambitious manned mission in space, 'Gaganyaan' (Sky Vehicle).
Four astronauts from the Indian Air Force have been shortlisted for the process and their training will be planned in third week of this month.
Some systems will also be tested before flight in the year 2020, including human rating of the propulsion modules, and crew escape system test among others.
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