Mission to the Sun by 2020, says ISRO; four other satellite launches planned in 2016

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Published: August 23, 2016 2:45:22 PM

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with an aim to launch 70 satellites in three years, is planning to launch four key satellites in the next three months in 2016.

ISRO, ISRO satellite, satellite launch india, chandrayaan, isro lunar, isro plans, space explorationISRO said that India will to go solo as decided, in the Chandrayaan-II project which will be the second lunar mission after the success of Chandrayan-I. (Picture: PTI)

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with an aim to launch 70 satellites in three years, is planning to launch four key satellites in the next three months in 2016. Mylswamy Annadurai, Director, ISRO Satellite centre at a private college function informed about the plan. ISRO has launched 10 satellites since August last year and will be launching four more by November this year. Speaking of the plan by the space body, Annadurai said that INSAT-3DR and SCATSAT-1 are scheduled to launch in September, GSAT-18 in October and ResourceSat-2A in November.

Annadurai reportedly said that ISRO has the plan to launch a mission to the Sun called, ‘Aditya-L1’. It is expected to be launched by the year 2020, which will be India’s first mission to study the sun. He said that ISRO has a strict schedule to launch 70 satellites by 2019. Annadurai also informed that India will to go solo as decided, in the Chandrayaan-II project which will be the second lunar mission after the success of Chandrayaan-I. It will not take help from Russian space agency according to the earlier arrangement.

Annadurai said that the Chandrayaan-II which is India’s lunar exploration programme has indigenously built ‘lander’ and ‘rover’, will likely be launched by the end of next year or early 2018. Chandrayan-II’s aim will be to carry out chemical analysis after making a soft land on the surface of the Moon.

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