ISRO successfully launched a 642-tonne heavy lift rocket LVM3 carrying Chandrayaan - 3 satellites from Sriharikota on Friday. India's yet another historical mission to the moon began today noon after the completion of the three stages.
Minister of State for Science and Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh and former Chairpersons of ISRO witnessed the launch from the Control Centre ISRO. Apart from the scientists and their families, hundreds of registered onlookers outside the campus to witness the mission to the moon whistled and clapped even as the rocket took to the skies, the AIR reported.
More than 200 journalists from all over the Country and international media gathered at the venue to witness the launch from the Media Centre ISRO also joined the celebration with thunderous applause. All three stages performed exactly in textbook style. The first stage powered by solid fuel followed by liquid fuel and the third and final cryogenic stage powered by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen performed in a perfect automatic launch sequence.
The rocket blasted off exactly at 2. 35 hours and 17 seconds from the second launch pad of the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre. ISRO had about 54 lady engineers and scientists who worked directly in the Chandrayaan-3 mission. They are associate and deputy project directors and project managers of various systems working at different centres. The common thread that runs between Chandrayaan-2 and Chandrayaan-3 missions is the soft landing of the lander on the lunar soil and the rover doing some chemical experiments. However, there are differences in the lander specifications, payload experiments and others between the two missions. The mission director is Mohan Kumar, the Vehicle/Rocket Director is Biju C. Thomas and the Spacecraft Director is Dr P. Veeramuthuvel.
The success of this launch is not just important to India but also the world as crucial information from the mission will help future space missions globally. This mission demonstrates that India is competent enough in scientific advancements. LVM -3 rocket is just ready to undertake the mission.
Chandrayaan - 3 will travel in an elliptical path to reach the surface of the moon for thirty days. The lunar mission is divided into three phases - the earth centric phase, the Lunar Transfer Phase and the Moon Centric Phase The lander is expected to make a soft landing and the rover will conduct the experiments on the lunar surface. The life of the payload carried by the propulsion module post ejection of the lander is between three and six months.