New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch no less than 22 satellites next year and will also send off the Chandrayaan-2 mission to moon in early 2019. The space agency had earlier decided to launch Chandrayaan-2 before the end of 2018.
"We have planned to launch Chandrayaan-2 mission on January 3. We are trying to fix the date. But this can go up to March also. As we are coming closer to the date, we may miss the target," an ISRO official said.
“Certain important changes have been made in the design so that it could easily land on the lunar surface” he said.
ISRO has increased the weight of Chandrayaan-2 by 600 kilograms so that it does not shake after ejecting the moon lander, reports said.
“Next year from February to December we plan to launch 22 missions with almost at least two missions per month, which is a very important activity. This tight schedule of programmes we are doing for the first time in Indian satellite history” an ISRO official said.
“Our target is set. Though 22 satellites a year is a very huge target. The last quarter of 2018 is also going to be tough for us as ISRO is planning to launch at least two missions every month” he said.
“The focus area of these launches was to enhance the communication so that rural India gets high bandwidth data connectivity, somewhere between 80 GBPS to 100 GBPS” he said.