ISRO and Japanese agency may go together on a possible mission to the moon! > Mumbai Samachar

by Ana Lopez

Occasional – Mukesh Thakkar

ISRO has successfully collaborated significantly on its space missions with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Also discussing a possible mission to the Moon.
Indian Space Research Organization Chairman S Somnath and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency held a discussion on “Indian Capabilities for Space and Planetary Exploration” at the 4th Indian Planetary Science Conference organized at the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL). Indian capabilities were the main topics of discussion.
The ISRO chief expressed his belief that it is important to have a tie-up between scientific institutions around the world and ISRO to build complex missions!
In this regard he cited the example of the Trishna mission, designed to observe the Earth’s surface in the thermal infrared domain, jointly developed by ISRO and its French counterpart, the Center National d’Etudes Spatels!Established in 1961, the Center National d’Etudes Spatels is France’s center in Europe. It is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing space policy. Its task is to invent future space systems, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France’s independent access to space.
India is also discussing a possible mission to the moon with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency where they will build a Land Rover and launch it using a Japanese rocket! ISRO chief S Somnath is also the Secretary of the Department of Space, Somnath said. He made it clear that ISRO will look at possible tie-ups with other agencies in research missions. It is very important that this happens only when they have confidence in you and that our instruments and measurement systems are complementary to their goals!
ISRO has been able to achieve precise and significant collaboration on its space missions, it is important to have a tie-up between ISRO and scientific institutions around the world to create complex missions of this nature!
The ambitious “Gaganyan project that envisages a demonstration of human spaceflight capability by launching a crew of three into an orbit of 400 km for a three-day mission and bringing them back safely to Earth! ISRO chairman said it is going very well. The project offers many opportunities to conduct experiments on board with possibilities like micro-gravity, space mining, material testing and space-based observations. India needs to work on this and the Gaganyaan program. Need to come up with scientific goals. Sending a man there is one part, but doing something very meaningful is something we are all looking for!
Somnath said that discussions are going on for ISRO’s proposed mission to Venus. Venus is a very challenging planet to explore and there is a good chance of launching it by 2028, there is a lot of interest in the science community to use the capability in this mission.
Big hope and very sure that India and ISRO will take it forward!
ISRO will seek more clearance for Disha payloads and look at the possibility of landing a mission on Mars a few years from now.
It may be mentioned here that Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar mission and Aditya L1, India’s first solar mission, are likely to be launched by the middle of the year. Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is fully ready. It is fully integrated. Of course, some improvements are being worked on, Ezri scientists have built a lot of confidence in the mission through lots of simulations and tests etc.!
This is going to be a very unique solar observation capability that ISRO is building! The instruments for this have already been delivered, these instruments are in the process of being integrated into the satellite.
Other payloads have their unique ability to observe not only the Sun, but also the emission of particles and measure them as they travel from the Sun to Earth, and how the Sun is affecting our space weather.
If India can single-handedly achieve endless space exploration and achievements then there is no doubt that it will surely join Japan in space mission with great success!

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