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Chandrayaan-2 Mission may be launched in first quarter of 2018, says ISRO Chief

The ISRO chief – AS Kiran Kumar, during his speech at the seventh yearly convocation of Vels University, Chennai on Wednesday confirmed that India’s most ambitious lunar mission is currently under the experimental stage and is being tested for a controlled touchdown of moon’s surface during the landing time.

At the first quarter of next year, the spacecraft could be launched into space.

According to the statement of ISRO’ head, the agency is currently busy in developing an engine that enables astronomers and scientists to make the spacecraft a controlled landing on the surface of the moon. The mission is currently scheduled to have effect in the first quarter of 2018.

ISRO’s scientists have already developed an artificial crater that will simulate the conditions of the lunar surface, resulting in a practical, convenient, and realistic landing try-out. Kiran Kumar, during his speech also said that a series of ground tests for the Chandrayaan-2 Mission is also in the pipeline and soon will be carried out in the research facilities of ISRO.

Chandrayaan-2 is the second lunar exploration mission of India, following the Chandrayaan-1, which was launched on 22 October 2008. Like its predecessor, the second lunar mission is entirely owned and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and is planned to set afloat to the Moon in the first quarter of 2018.

ISRO, through a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II), will send its second lunar space probe to the skies. The mission objectives include the launch of a lunar orbiter, a Lander and Lunar Rover, all developed by ISRO.