Chandrayaan-3, the follow-on mission to Chandrayaan-2, is set to launch on the 14th of July 2023, Friday from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota. Chandrayaan-3 will be launched by the Launch Vehicle Mark III (LVM3), also known as the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, at 2:45 pm IST on Friday.
Chandrayaan-3 is a succeeding moon mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to land a rover and a lander on the Moon's Highlands near its south pole. The propulsion module of Chandrayaan-3 will carry the lander and rover configuration to a 100km lunar orbit. It has the SHAPE (Spectro-polarimetry of Habitable Planet Earth) payload that weighs a total of 3900 kilograms. The propulsion responsible to carry the lander and rover to 100 kilometers of the lunar orbit has the capacity to generate 758 Watts of power while the rover here is similar to Chandrayaan-2's with slight improvements and a power generating capacity of 50 Watts. After reaching the orbit, the lander and the propulsion module will separate. And, it will assist in studying the spectral and polar metric measurements of Earth from the lunar orbit.
The mission's goals are to conduct in-situ scientific experiments, demonstrate a soft and safe lunar surface landing, and show the rover wandering on the moon. With the aim of researching and showcasing new technology necessary for interplanetary missions, Chandrayaan-3 is made up of an indigenous Lander module (LM), Propulsion module (PM), and Rover. The Lander will be able to soft-land at a chosen location on the moon and release the Rover, which will conduct an in-situ chemical analysis of the lunar surface while it is moving. There are scientific payloads on the Lander and the Rover that will conduct lunar surface tests. The main job of the propulsion module is to transport the Lander from injection into the launch vehicle to the final 100 km circular polar orbit of the moon and then to release the Lander module from Propulsion module.
How to watch Chandrayaan-3 launch live online?
With the completion of electrical tests of LVM3 and Chandrayaan-3, people are eager to witness this historical moment. People who wish to watch the launch online on Livestream can watch it on the official YouTube channel of ISRO or Doordarshan.
And for people, those who wish to watch the launch of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft live from the Launch View Gallery at Satish Dhawan Space Centre can register on the official website of the space center.