India’s space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) plans to launch 32 missions this year and includes a lunar landing mission called Chandrayaan-2.
“The year 2019 promises to be a challenge for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) community with 32 planned missions,” President K Sivan said in a message to his employees the New Year.
The most important of these launches will be the lunar crore mission of Rs 800, a successor to the lunar probe Chandrayaan-1. The Chandrayaan-2 will be a land rover, and the first to cross near the lunar south pole. The rover with wheels will move on the lunar surface and perform a chemical analysis on the site.
India is also working on its first human space mission to the Moon that is currently scheduled for 2021-22. Last year, Prime Minister Modi announced the program and will allow ISRO to finally fulfill its dream of carrying out a human spaceflight program.
So far, the space agency has successfully tested the escape system of the crew module and is confident that they will be able to carry out the human mission within the current deadlines.
ISRO regularly launches several satellites that benefit the country, as well as help in obtaining profits thanks to foreign customers. The GSAT-20 mission will provide the requirement of sufficient bandwidth to comply with the Digital India scheme remotely, as well as to boost in-flight connectivity.
It will be the first satellite manufactured by ISRO to try to go from a geostationary transfer orbit to a geosynchronous orbit using electric propulsion.
2019 also marks the centenary of the birth of the founding father of ISRO, Vikram Sarabhai. The agency will organize a one-year celebration starting on August 12 with national and international events, as well as scholarships and scholarships for university students.
ISRO is also investigating reusable rockets and is called ADMIRE. According to Times of India, ISRO has plans for a test site and a test as well. They are expected to be off their usual launch pad in Sriharikota, although the dates are unknown. Details about ADMIRE remain hidden for the time being, but according to some schemes, it will be a two-stage rocket slightly smaller than the PSLV.