22 Sept 2023

Chandrayaan-3: Will India Become First Country In World To Start 2nd Phase Of Lunar Mission

New Delhi: The 2nd Phase of Chandrayaan-3 will begin from Friday when dawn breaks on the Moon after a gap of 14 days. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh has informed.

Responding to over Eight Hour Debate in the Lok Sabha, on the subject of “Success of Chandrayaan-3 and other achievements of our Nation in the Space Sector”, Dr Jitendra Singh said, ISRO is in the process of trying to reestablish communication with Chandrayaan. -3's solar-powered lander Vikram and rover Pragyan, to revive them so that they can continue with scientific experiments.

Dr Jitendra Singh emphatically asserted that India will become the first country in the world to start the 2nd phase of Lunar Mission after activation of communication circuit.

It may be recalled that the Lander and the Rover were put into sleep mode earlier this month on September 4 and 2 respectively, ahead of the lunar night of 14 days' duration. He added that there is huge variation of temperature ranging from minus 150 degrees at night to 100 degrees during day time, and therefore, we all are hoping and praying that solar batteries and solar panels will help the beginning of unprecedented 2nd Phase of Moon Mission.

ISRO budget saw a jump of over 142 percent

Responding to concerns raised by some of the opposition members that the Modi Government has cut the budget for ISRO, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the budget saw a jump of over 142 percent from Rs 5,168 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 12, 543 Crore in the current financial year.

New Space Launch Station will soon be inaugurated

Dr Jitendra Singh also informed that a new Space Launch Station will soon be inaugurated in Thoothukkudi in Tamil Nadu. He said, 90 percent of the land acquisition work is over and appealed to Tamil Nadu Government to complete the unfinished work.

PM opened up the Space sector in 2020

The Minister said PM Modi hiked the Space budget manifold and opened up the Space sector in 2020 with the result that the number of Space StartUps have gone up from just 4 in 2014 to 150 now. He said, India’s quantum leap in the Space sector has only been possible after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the courageous decision to “unlock” this sector from the “veil of secrecy”.

India has earned 174 Million US Dollars from launching of foreign satellites

Dr Jitendra Singh said, out of the 424 foreign satellites launched by ISRO since 1990s, more than 90% that is 389 were launched in the last nine years.

“We have so far earned 174 Million US Dollars from the launching of the foreign satellites; out of these $174 million, as much as $157 million have been earned only in the last nine years. Out of the European satellites launched so far in the last 30 years, the total revenue generated is 256 million Euros, out of which Euro 223 million, almost 90%, earned in the last nine years, which means the scale has gone up, the Speed has gone up and therefore there is a huge jump that has happened,” he said.

India's Space economy is projected to reach $40 billion by 2040

Dr Jitendra Singh said India’s Space economy today stands at about $8 billion, but it is projected to reach $40 billion by 2040, and according to the ADL (Arthur D Little) Report, we could have the potential of $100 Billion by 2040.

He said, India's space missions are designed to be cost effective. The Minister said the failed Russian moon mission cost Rs.16,000 crores, while our Chandrayaan-3 mission cost just around Rs.600 crores. We have learned to compensate for cost through our skills, he said.

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