Lunar mission to be launched in 2007 as scheduled: ISRO chief

Chennai, Jan 25 | Updated: Jan 26 2005, 05:30am hrs
Indian Space Research Organisations unmanned lunar mission will be launched in 2007 as scheduled, ISRO chairman P Madhavan Nair said here on Tuesday. ISRO has completed all design activities for the mission. We are in the process of building special instruments required for the mission, he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting at Satyabhama deemed university here.

ISRO had also designed a special three stage tracking network to monitor the mission, when the spacecraft was in orbit. A special ground station had been designed and would come up near Bangalore, he said. The spacecraft would keep on circling the moon and would send data, he said.

The communication satellite insat 4 A with 12 KU Band and 12 C Band transponders would be launched from the launch pad at French Guyana in May.