After India failed to land a rover on the Moon surface with Chandrayaan-2, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning another moon exploration mission with a deadline of November 2020.
According to news reports, IRSO is having multiple meetings to set the agenda for Chandrayaan-3; India’s third moon mission.
However, the lastest ISRO mission will only include a lander and rover since the Chandrayaan-2 is functioning well and orbiting around the moon.
Other than looking at the propulsion, sensors, overall engineering of the spacecraft, ISRO is primarily focusing on improving the lander system.
One of the chief scientists said that the primary attention is on improving the navigation and “strengthening the legs of the lander”.
Why ISRO failed in the Chandrayaan-2 mission?
A lot was on the stakes with the Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar mission since the first one in 2008.
ISRO’s goal was to study the South Pole region of Moon which remains unexplored. If successful, India would have registered its name as the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. Chandrayaan-2 faced a technical snag and the Vikram lander lost contact to Earth just before the soft landing on the Moon.
Preparation for Chandrayaan-3
ISRO scientists are looking at different expects of the mission such as navigation system, site selection for landing.
Scientists are also taking in a pool of recommendations that the team wasn’t able to apply on the Chandrayaan-2 “due to the advanced stage of Chandrayaan-2 flight preparation,” according to an order issued on October 5th.
As Henry Ford, the founder of Ford once said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”