Indian Space Association, the premier Industry Association of private space and satellite companies in India, has applauded ISRO and the Indian government for the successful touchdown of the Chandrayaan-3 lander on the south pole of the moon surface and called it a historic moment for India.
This significant accomplishment underscores the increasing accessibility of space and showcases India’s unwavering determination and persistence in accomplishing challenging space missions. Moreover, it augurs positively for India’s engagement in the emerging lunar exploration era aimed at establishing enduring structures on the Moon.
Initiated on July 14, 2023, from Sriharikota, India, the Chandrayaan-3 mission comprises the key components of the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover. The lander’s primary function is to facilitate a secure and gentle touchdown on the lunar terrain, paving the way for the subsequent activities of the rover, which will conduct on-site chemical analysis of the lunar surface. The mission’s overarching goal is to advance and showcase novel technologies essential for future interplanetary endeavors. While this is ISRO’s mission, not many of us are aware of the hard work and contributions of many other private companies like Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Walchandnagar Industries, Centum Electronics, Godrej & Boyce, Ananth Technologies who have contributed to the successful launch and landing of Chandrayaan-3 and other ISRO mission for many years.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt (Retd.), Director General, Indian Space Association said, “We applaud ISRO on the successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 which shows India’s strong spirit of space exploration and our prowess in the space domain. The successful landing shows the potential of the Indian space sector and places India among the very few nations in the whole world who have achieved this feat. It is also a harbinger of the exciting opportunities that it brings for private players. It not only encourages the development of the lunar space economy but also signals a major change”.
“This signifies these moon landings will also further propel our actions towards creating a flourishing lunar economy and will encourage broader celestial exploration, from Mars and beyond. An important step forward in space exploration and commercialization will be with the inclusion of more private players and our growing spacetech startups in the future missions to make a India a leader in the global space economy” he added.