Chandrayaan-3 developed by ISRO has passed yet another significant test
Chandrayaan-3 developed by ISRO has passed yet another significant test

New Delhi: Another important test of ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 has been successfully completed. The spacecraft "successfully completed the required tests that validated its ability to withstand the harsh vibration and acoustic environment that the spacecraft will encounter during launch,"

These tests were conducted at the test facilities at UR Rao Satellite Center in Bengaluru during the first week of March 2023, according to an ISRO statement.

Another important test of ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 was successfully completed. According to an ISRO statement, the spacecraft "has successfully completed the required tests, which validate the spacecraft's ability to withstand harsh vibration and acoustic environments."

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These tests were conducted during the first week of March 2023 at the test facilities at UR Rao Satellite Center in Bengaluru.

With the recent successful tests, the upcoming ISRO lunar mission is undoubtedly getting more exciting. The Chandrayaan-2 mission, which was launched in 2019, will be replaced by the Chandrayaan-3 mission. India will be the first country to land and roam on the lunar surface with this mission, completing the feat already achieved by the US, China and Russia.

ISRO describes these tests as "particularly challenging", as the Chandrayaan-3 space probe is composed of three functionalities, which are the Propulsion Module, the Lander Device and the Mover Module.

The propulsion module will support the lander and rover configuration up to 100 km in lunar orbit. The primary objective of the mission is to "demonstrate end-to-end capability in safe landing and roving on the Moon".

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According to ISRO, the vibration and acoustic tests carried out on the spacecraft "have provided sufficient confidence in the structural integrity and survivability in the launch environment."

The organization continued by saying that these tests are "an important step in the qualification and acceptance process for any spacecraft."

The payloads that the lander and rover will carry will be different. A NASA "Passive Laser Retroreflector Array" that will aid in lunar laser ranging studies is one of the lander payloads.

A GSLV Mk3 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh will launch Chandrayaan-3, which is expected to weigh 1752 kg. The launch is expected to happen in June.

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The CE-20 cryogenic engine, which will power the cryogenic upper stage of Chandrayaan-3, recently passed another important test. The agency concluded that the propulsion parameters of the 25-second warm-up test were "satisfactory and closely matched with predictions." The High Altitude Test Facility of ISRO Propulsion Complex hosted it on 24 February.

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