Chandrayaan-3 will cost more than Rs 600-cr; the launch can extend until 2021

BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro), which failed to land a probe on the Moon on its first attempt in September 2019 (Chandrayaan-2) still has its eyes on the Earth's natural satellite.

The space agency has already started work, and Isro's president, K Sivan, said it will cost Rs 250 cr (for landing module, rover and propulsion) and Rs 365 crore for launch. The total cost: Rs 615 crore. The TOI was the first to report that Isro has begun work on Chandrayaan-3, in its November 14 edition.

Chandrayaan-3 will have a landing, rover and propulsion module. The government approved the project and we formed the project team. Work continues smoothly, Sivan said.

... We are targeting the launch for this year, but it can be extended next year, Sivan said, while sources reiterated that the internal goal set for the launch is November 2020.

As reported by TOI previously, since the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter works well, the new mission will have a different composition. It will have the landing module and the surface vehicle. And, according to the initial plans and instructions given by the President, Isro is looking to have a detachable module that carries the fuel.

... Basically it will transport fuel and help carry the landing module, which will have the rover sitting inside the landing module, to the lunar orbit.

In Chandrayaan-2, the fuel transported in the orbiter was used for all maneuvers performed after launch and until the landing module was separated. Here, the propulsion module will help this process.

In addition, Isro is also looking to reduce the amount of maneuvering around the Earth and also during transit from here to the lunar orbit. Instead of six maneuvers around the Earth, we can have only three or four, those details are being resolved, a source said.