ISTRAC, BENGALURU: Shortly after Chandrayaan-3 touched down softly and certainly, smiling senior scientists lined up on the dais with Isro chief S Somanath to rejoice their success after years of toil.
The leaders mentioned, “Team Isro has been breathing, eating, drinking Chandrayaan-3 for the last 3-4 years. Since the day we started building our spacecraft after Chandrayaan-2, it has been breathe in and breathe out Chandrayaan-3 for our team. Today we are celebrating, tomorrow we will be on our toes for another mission,” mentioned A Rajarajan, director of Satish Dhawan Area Centre, Sriharikota.”
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The leaders who led from the entrance for the Chandrayaan-3 success:
Staff chief, Isro chairman S Somanath:
Inside only a yr of taking cost of Isro on January 14, 2022, S Somanath took upon the problem of taking India to the south pole of Moon. Earlier than taking on as the pinnacle of the area company, he was the director of Vikram Sarabhai Area Centre and had dealt with the cost of repairing the rocket of Chandrayaan-2 within the shortest attainable time to make it prepared for the re-launch on July 22, 2019. Now, as Isro chairman, he modified the technique of the softlanding after the Chandrayaan-2 crashlanding. He mentioned “instead of focusing on achieving success, we focussed on eliminating failures” and his technique labored. Somanath attributed 4 large challenges for the success of this touchdown mission. He mentioned the proper liftoff of LVM-3 rocket on July 14, 2023 gave Staff Isro a superb benefit because the spacecraft was positioned in an ideal orbit and no additional gasoline was spent to right the orbit. Second large problem was the spacecraft capturing the Moon’s orbit whereas travelling within the linear trajectory. The staff was tense as a result of the spacecraft was travelling at a really excessive pace and capturing the Moon’s orbit was very difficult. “But we did it without any problem, he said. The third challenge was the propulsion-lander module separation and the last was today’s landing mission, which was the most challenging task. He credited the success of today’s landing success to the Team Isro who toiled for years to make Vikram a perfect lander.
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P Veeramuthuvel: Project director of Chandrayaan-3 mission:
Veeramuthuvel was the most important part of this moon mission. Known for his technical acumen, Veeramuthuvel played a key role in the Chandrayaan-2 mission too. “It’s a great moment of happiness. On behalf of the team it gives me immense satisfaction on achieving this goal as the Project Director of the mission. The entire mission operations right from launch till landing happened flawlessly as per the timeline,” the project director said after the landing. Thanking the navigation guidance and control team, propulsion team, sensors team and all the mainframe subsystems teams, who have brought success to the mission, Veeramuthuvel expressed his gratitude to the critical operations review committee for thoroughly reviewing the mission operations right from launch till date. “The target was on spot, because of the review process,” he said .
Kalpana K, deputy project director, Chandrayaan-3:
Kalpana. K is an aerospace engineer and currently serves as the deputy project director of the Chandrayaan-3 mission.She has been instrumental in the construction of various satellites of India and was involved in the Chandrayaan-2 and Mangalyaan missions. During the press interaction on Wednesday, Kalpana said, “This is the most memorable and happiest moment for all of us. We have achieved our goal flawlessly. This happened due to the immense effort of our Chandrayaan-3 team. Since the day we started building our spacecraft after Chandrayaan-2, it has been breathe in and breathe out for our team. Starting from the reconfiguration to all the tests, we have done them meticulously.” Not forgetting the efforts of all of the seniors and veteran scientists, she mentioned that “it is due to the guidance of the Isro chairman, all our directors and seniors, we have achieved this success.”
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Nilesh M. Desai: Area Purposes Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, director:
Desai as head of the Area Purposes Centre (SAC) was given the duty of constructing the crucial parts of the spacecraft. Desai advised TOI the SAC constructed 11 sensors or subsystems for the spacecraft. Eight of them are superior cameras. He mentioned a crucial element Laser Doppler Velocimeter (LDV) was launched this time, permitting measuring altitude in 3 instructions for higher understanding of pace throughout testing. He advised TOI that the rover is predicted to cowl a distance of 500 metre after rolling out of the lander’s stomach. It has two two sensors that may do elemental and chemical composition of the lunar regolith. The info from the lander and rover will are available actual time. “Though we may get data after a delay of some time due to the long distance, the data will be fresh directly from the payloads on board the lander and rover as they operate,” he advised TOI.
S. Unnikrishnan Nair, Thiruvananthapuram-based Vikram Sarabhai Area Centre (VSSC) director:
Unnikrishnan is the person behind the event of LVM-3 rocket, additionally known as Bahubali of Isro that lifted off Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft from Sriharikota. His predecessor was S Somanath. He advised TOI the rationale to go to the south pole was “we want to explore the unexplored. We wanted to explore that region more where our Chandrayaan-1 and 2 found evidence of water from an altitude”. “We need to have more future moon missions to know more about this unexplored region of the Moon,” he mentioned. “As LVM-3 has established itself as a trusted launcher, we will launch more missions, not only to Moon, but also to the Sun and Venus,” he mentioned.
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A Rajarajan, Director of Satish Dhawan Area Centre SHAR, Sriharikota:
Rajarajan is the person behind all launches from the Indian spaceport in Sriharikota. He takes care of all small to large launches ie. from SSLV to LVM-3 rockets from SDSC. He advised TOI that “this mission has proved that Isro has now achieved the technology for soft-landing on Moon. “For its success, we had done a lot of experiments and finally Team India proved its ,” he mentioned. Rajarajan mentioned “today we are celebrating after the moon mission success, tomorrow we will be on our toes for another mission. As PM Modi and chairman sir have said that we need to plan for Aditya L1 mission, we will be now busy with the solar mission,” he mentioned. He mentioned the Aditya L1 mission shall be launched in September first week and “we are preparations are almost done”.
M. Sankaran, Bengaluru-based U R Rao Satellite tv for pc Centre director:
Since 2021, Sankaran has been director at U R Rao Satellite tv for pc Centre (URSC), which is answerable for creating satellites that meet India’s various wants reminiscent of communication, navigation, distant sensing, climate forecasting, and planetary exploration. Throughout his 35 years of stint in URSC and Isro, he has contributed primarily within the areas of photo voltaic arrays, energy programs, Satellite tv for pc Positioning System and RF communication programs for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, geostationary and navigation satellites, and outer area missions like Chandrayaan, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). On Wednesday, Sankaran thanked the whole challenge staff for his or her immense exhausting work. “The team has been breathing, eating, drinking Chandrayaan-3 for the last 3-4 years. Much effort has gone into fine-tuning navigation and propulsion system, and a number of simulations done to perfect the landing operations. They overcame the criticism, worked so hard that we landed today due to their effort. My heart goes out to all of them. Hard work and team spirit are what Isro has taught us. We have set the bar so high. We have now to put a man in space and put our spacecraft in Venus and Mars. We will make our country proud again and again.”
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