After the success of launching 104 satellites and Mangalyaan mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now working on Venus, Mars and asteroid projects. ISRO has also announced the opportunity for payloads for these interplanetary missions. According to a First Post report, a study team had earlier submitted its report on Venus. The group was exploring the various options and opportunities available for missions to Mars and Venus.
During the Project Managers Global Summit 2017, A S Kiran Kumar Chairman of ISRO said, “What the satellites (for interplanetary missions) will carry is a question of scientific interest. Therefore, proposals have been sought from researchers, scientific community and institutions from across the country. Based on these proposals for meeting scientific objectives, technological requirement of the satellites will be planned and payload configurations for the spacecraft for these missions will be decided. Right now, we are concentrating on Chandrayaan-2 and Aditya missions,” as per The Times of India.
About Chandrayaan-2, the ISRO chairman has said the second lunar mission will carry a lander and a rover, therefore, it will be different from Chandrayaan-1. He said the testings are going on. “We have also started assembling flight versions of the launcher, satellite and the rover,” he added.
ISRO is also trying to develop a satellite-based early warning system (EWS) for landslides that have caused major damage and loss in terms of human lives and property. Kumar said the Indian space agency is trying to increase the frequency of its launches to meet the needs of the country, as per IANS. Communication, remote-sensing, earth observation and navigation satellites will be given more priority. Kumar said though the country has 42 satellites in operation, there is a requirement of more, as per TOI report.
In a bid to increase ISRO’s commercial activities, Kumar said, “We are using excess capacity for commercial launches” “We are also trying to look at a consortium or joint venture to build PSLVs (launch vehicles) in order to increase the frequency of launches,” ToI quoted him as saying.