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India to launch 3 major satellites in 3 years

To be based on PSLV launches, the missions will enable study of moon, astronomy and atmosphere.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 17:44 IST

Having achieved great strides in space technology, India has three more major space missions lined up for the next three years, Space Advisory Committee Chairman UR Rao on Thursday said.

Delivering the keynote address after inaugurating the 14th National Space Science Symposium which began at Andhra University in Vishakhapatnam, Prof Rao said the country was working on the three major projects -- Chandrayaan (Moon Mission), Astro Science Satellite and Megatropics.

To be based on PSLV launches, the missions will enable study of moon, astronomy and atmosphere respectively.

The first Moon Mission to be completed during 2007, will bridge the knowledge gap about the moon. The general perception has been why India wants to go to moon when something in this direction has already been done by other countries.

However, not much is known regarding the scientific part of the moon despite about 20 voyages being been taken up.

"The first words have already been said, but we want to say the last words. We want to use advances we have achieved in space science like high perspective imagery, high-energy studies, x-ray and low energy spectrometer for elementary mapping of the moon. We have the best technology in unmanned imaging system and we want to use it," he said.

The next mission after Chandrayaan would be the study of other planets, firstly Mars. "We want to clinically analyse what we can get from outside our planet."