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ISRO's SSLV to make second flight next month, Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft almost ready

ISRO Chairman S Somnath said India is also planning to send scientific missions to Mars and Venus this year apart from attempting to send a Land Rover to the Moon.
07:51 PM Jan 04, 2023 IST | APN Live
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ISRO’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) may make its second flight next month. ISRO Chairman S Somnath told media at the 108th Indian Science Congress that he cannot tell any exact date yet but they are planning a test flight next month.

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SSLV was intended to launch satellites up to 500 kg in planar orbit. But it had failed in its maiden development flight on August 7 last year. Both the satellites Earth Observation Satellite (EOS)-2 and Azadisat sent with the rocket could not be placed in the correct orbit and failed.

It did turnout to be a big disappointment not only for ISRO but also fore the whole country as the world was eyeing at India’s trail. Just like Mangalyaan (Mission Mars), Chandrayaan Mission would have also added another feather in India’s science technology. But however, after first failed attempt, ISRO is back in action.

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ISRO Chairman S Somnath said India is also planning to send scientific missions to Mars and Venus this year apart from attempting to send a Land Rover to the Moon. He further said that Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is almost ready with orbiter, lander and rover. But they are waiting for the right time to launch the mission, which is in June. ‘We will try our best to be successful this time,’ said ISRO chairman.

A senior ISRO official said the space agency will also test the satellite-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver system on SSLV next month. He said the space-based ADS-B system will be tested in the SSLV test flight next month.

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If India’s second attempt to reach moon is successful then India would become the fourth country after the US, the USSR and China to land on the moon. Also India became the first country to reach Mars in it’s first attempt on November 5, 2013.

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