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Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The Men Behind It

On Thursday, July 13, at 1:05 pm, the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) more than 17,000 staff members anxiously awaited the start of Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar exploration mission. India’s second attempt to make a soft landing on the moon’s surface is Chandrayaan-3, the third film in the Chandrayaan series.

The United States, Russia, and China are the only three nations to have successfully landed a spacecraft on the airless surface of the moon. Prior to the start of the countdown, Dr. S. Somanath, the chairman of ISRO, and a number of important scientists made a pilgrimage to the Tirupati Venkatachalapathy temple with a scale model of Chandrayaan-3 to offer prayers for the mission’s success.

A list of some of the major players in the Chandrayaan-3 mission is provided below.

The Chairman of ISRO, S Somanath

One of the minds behind India’s planned moon mission is S Somanath. He has held the positions of director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre and the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, the two main locations for the space agency’s research of rocket technologies.

Important missions like Chandrayaan-3, Aditya-L1 (the solar mission), and Gaganyaan have advanced since he assumed leadership.

Project Director for Chandrayaan-3, P Veeramuthuvel

Project Director for Chandrayaan-3, P Veeramuthuvel

In 2019, P Veeramuthuvel was appointed project director for Chandrayaan-3. He previously held the position of deputy director in the Isro headquarters’ space infrastructure program office. Being the primary person for discussions with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and well-known for his technical prowess, Veeramuthuvel also had a significant impact on the Chandrayaan-2 project.

Veeramuthuvel is a native of Villupuram in the Tamil Nadu state. He is a former student at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras.

Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, S. Unnikrishnan Nair

Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, S. Unnikrishnan Nair

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) near Thumba in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram region created the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III rocket, afterward dubbed the Launch Vehicle Mark-III.

S Unnikrishnan Nair, who is in charge of VSSC, and his staff are in charge of many vital tasks for the important mission.

Chairman of the Launch Authorization Board, A Rajarajan

A Rajarajan is a renowned scientist who serves as the Satish Dhawan Space Centre’s director at Sriharikota, India’s main spaceport. Composites are Rajarajan’s area of expertise.

As the Satish Dhawan Space Centre’s director, he placed a priority on the development of reliable motor manufacturing and launch complex infrastructure to fulfill the growing demand for launches from ISRO. Notably those for the SSLV and the human spaceflight program (Gaganyaan). The launch is approved by the Launch Authorisation Board.

Director of the U.R. Rao Satellite Centre, M. Sankaran

Chandrayaan-3 Mission In June 2021, M. Sankaran assumed control of the U. R. Rao Satellite Centre, which serves as the principal Indian facility for the design, production, and construction of all ISRO satellites.

He is currently in charge of the satellite community. It aims to fulfill the needs of the country in terms of communication, navigation, remote sensing, meteorology, and extraterrestrial exploration.

Other authorities of the Chandrayaan-3 Mission

A team headed by Mission Director Mohan Kumar, who oversees Chandrayaan-3’s operational elements. Vehicle Director Biju C Thomas is among the other important members of the mission.




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