Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said on Monday that India’s Mars Orbiter was on schedule.

The spacecraft’s sub-systems were in the process of integration while the launch vehicle, PSLV, was also getting ready, and would be integrated from August, he added. 

“There are very few days when the distance between Earth and Mars becomes the shortest. We are working on the launch on those days,” Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Sathyabama University, he said the Mars Orbiter was set to be launched in November and would take about 300 days to reach the planet.  

Nearly 62 candidates were awarded with PhD degrees at the event and several students bagged gold medals for exemplary performance in academics.

The university chancellor Jeppiar asked the students to keep learning new facets of life, while focussing on character building.

He also said the nano satellite developed by the students of the university was ready for launch.