The launch vehicle (LVM-3)’s electrical testing have been completed, according to a statement from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and the third lunar mission is now scheduled to launch. The Indian space agency also made tickets available for general admission for anybody who wished to see the spacecraft launch.
Chandrayaan-3, a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to launch on July 14 at 2:35 pm. The mission’s objectives include researching the elements composition close to the landing site, lunar surface plasma environment, lunar seismicity, and the thermophysical characteristics of the lunar regolith.
In a tweet, ISRO said that anyone who registers at https://lvg.shar.gov.in/VSCREGISTRATION will be able to watch the launch from the Launch View Gallery at SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota. Updates on the launch have been posted on Twitter frequently.
At the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota earlier this week, ISRO fused the enclosed assembly housing the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft with LVM3.
The spacecraft’s critical tests, which were carried out successfully by the agency to confirm that it can resist the intense vibration and environment it will experience after launch, were successful.
LVM3 will launch the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft. LVM3 includes three modules: the propulsion, lander, and rover.
The propulsion module will separate from the craft after putting the lander and rover into a 100 km circular polar lunar orbit. In the south polar zone of the Moon, the lander and rover will then make contact with the ground.
The touchdown velocity is anticipated to be less than 2 m/s vertically and 0.5 m/s horizontally, according to ISRO. In order to maintain contact with Earth, the propulsion module, which doubles as the communications relay satellite, will stay in lunar orbit.
According to ISRO, the lander and rover are intended to function for one lunar day (about 14 Earth days).
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