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Chandrayaan-3 was a team effort, says Mission Director S. Mohana Kumar

Speaking at a lecture in Vellore Institute of Technology, he says exploring ways for indigenous manufacturing of passenger aircraft will yield a cost-effective and safe mode of transportation for many

September 01, 2023 10:03 pm | Updated September 02, 2023 03:27 am IST - VELLORE

S. Mohana Kumar, Mission Director, Chandrayaan-3, speaking at Vellore Institute of Technology on Friday.

S. Mohana Kumar, Mission Director, Chandrayaan-3, speaking at Vellore Institute of Technology on Friday. | Photo Credit: C. VENKATACHALAPATHY

In order to tap into the scientific potential of students and enable indigenous manufacturing of passenger aircraft, a separate course that includes various specialisation of engineering must be established, said S. Mohana Kumar, Mission Director of Chandrayaan-3, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), while speaking at a lecture organised at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) on Friday.

Delivering a lecture, which was organised as part of Amrit Vimarsh Vikasit Bharath 2047, he said the country was yet to explore local manufacturing of passenger aircraft, and such an effort would yield a cost-effective and safe mode of transportation for many. “Among the three major modes of transportation, passenger aircraft remain the safest,” he added.

Emphasising that Chandrayaan-3 was a team effort, Mr. Mohana Kumar said the equipment suppliers played a key in achieving the milestone by delivering the mission critical consignments in a timely manner.

“The commitment shown by them played a huge role in the mission’s success,” he said. Following the lecture, Mr. Mohana Kumar answered the student’s queries.

He said the lander and rover were equipped with solar-powered batteries that can only hold a charge for 14 days. As the weather on the moon changes once every 14 days, automatic charging of the batteries remained a challenge. “Currently, the ‘man on moon’ mission is not on our schedule. However, we are working on test vehicle flights to the moon,” Mr. Mohana Kumar said.

G. Viswanathan, Founder-Chancellor, VIT, was present. Students, faculty members, and research scholars from the institute also attended the lecture.

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