Ten house missions being ready for launch this yr have been “disturbed” due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown in addition to delay within the human house and Moon missions, ISRO chief Ok Sivan mentioned on Wednesday.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will make an evaluation of the influence of the lockdown on its missions, he mentioned.
The ISRO chief added that the house company had deliberate 10 launches.
“Because of this (pandemic), everything got disturbed. We have to make an assessment after the COVID-19 issue is resolved,” Sivan informed PTI.
“Gaganyaan will be impacted because of the lockdown… all industries have not yet started functioning,” Sivan mentioned, including that in the previous few months, the work on the Mission had stopped.
ISRO depends on the personal sector for manufacturing gear for its launch. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) which offer gear to the ISRO are among the many worst-hit due to the lockdown, coupled with migration of labourers.
“All our missions (including Chandrayaan-3) have been impacted,” he mentioned.
“We have to assess the impact of the lockdown on Gaganyaan,” Sivan added.
After the hard landing of Chandrayaan-2 last year, ISRO had planned to launch Chandrayaan-3, which was scheduled to be launched later this year.
Gaganyaan, the human space mission, envisages to send three Indians to space by 2022. The four test pilots selected for this mission are currently undergoing training in Russia, but even that was impacted due to coronavirus lockdown within the nation.