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Chandrayan-2 launch before March 2018: ISRO Chief

Chandrayan-2 launch before March 2018: ISRO Chief

Bengaluru, Oct 30 (UNI) After the success of Chandrayan-1, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is in the process of integrating the orbitor, while testing on the crucial lander and rover was in the final stages ISRO Chief A S Kiran Kumar today said. He said the orbitor was almost ready and the integration process had began and ISRO was working on Lander, rober and other instruments that are being tested and will be ready for deployment. 'The launch into the Lunar Orbit will happen in first quarter of 2018', he said. Mr Kumar said total integration plans are in place and we are looking at launch of Chandrayan 2 on time as final tests will happen in December this year. Meanwhile, the ISRO Chief said the failure of PSLV-C39 carrying IRNSS-1H early this year was a combination of technical and environmental problems. Speaking to reporters to announce the organising of Indian Space Programme, an international programme on 'Trends and Opportunities for the Space Industries' that will be held on November 21 and 22 in New Delhi, Mr Kumar said the work on replacing IRNSS-1H was going on but ISRO was working on different projects to involve and expand the Indian Space research and manufacturing space to meet growing demand of projects within in India and tap international market. He said the C39 failure was one after 59 successful launches taken up by ISRO and the space industry had to be prepared for risks. The ISRO Chief, to a question bringing new private players to niche space industry being risky, said, 'Space programmes are always risky but ISRO has been working towards a total success in space launches and achieved it. The private industry looking for expertise in space programme will not expect a 'free cart' travel. We in ISRO will ensure that this industry will meet the strict standards, but hand hold this sector,' he said. To another question, Mr Kumar said ISRO would be able to meet the pressure of multiple launches of multiple satellites. 'We are focused towards increasing our frequency of launches from 8 to 10 a year to 18 from coming years. But this will depend on the our demand placed on supply chain on Indian private space industry,' he said. Mr Kumar said while the space agency had already given projects to the private industry to satellite building, the sector get prepared for independent launch of launch vehicles would depend on government clearances. 'This is subject to various clearances but there are some industries coming up and have put up in their web site that they are capable of launching satellites,' he added. He said there was lot of work to be done by Indian private industry in the Space sector with demand for international constellations growing fast. Satellite building, making various sub systems for India and ISRO, besides capturing the international demand should be looked at by the Indian industry. UNI RS MSP TS1903

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