After an eventful year in space odyssey in 2019, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will be working on more than 25 missions in 2020, with the ambitious Gaganyan mission being the most prominent among them.
The New Year also heralds a new chapter for India’s Moon mission as Isro is all set to start working on mission Chandrayaan-3, and with it, it will once again attempt to achieve soft landing on the lunar surface.
Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru to showcase the range of missions that Isro will be working on in the 2020 and beyond, Isro Chairperson K Sivan said all missions are going on smoothly.
Mission Chandrayaan 3 begins
On Wednesday, Isro officially announced that the launch of India’s third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3 may happen next year. Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, Isro Chairman K Sivan said work related to Chandrayaan 3 is going on smoothly.
Chandrayaan 3 will have a lander, rover and a propulsion module like its predecessor, K Sivan said. He also said the launch of Chandrayaan 3 may shift to next year i.e. 2021.
25 missions planned for 2020
The Isro chief said the space organisation has planned 25 missions for this year.
“The missions that were planned in 2019 and could not be completed would be finished by March this year,” Sivan said.
The space agency has sought an allocation of Rs 14,000 crore from the Centre in the budget for 2020-21.