We know how Chandrayaan-2, India's Lunar Mission is the most important project of this year and that will also feature India's most powerful rocket, the GSLV Mk 3 which will carry the orbiter, lander, and rover. But that is not all! ISRO has revealed in recent interview that they are thinking of doing much more than the Chandrayaan-2 and the Gaganyaan manned mission.
The ISRO Chief Dr. K Sivan said -
"The missions would include Mars Orbiter Mission 2, Chandrayaan 3, a mission to Venus, Exposat Planetary exploration, Aditya L1 among others,"
He mentioned about the Indian space agency was working on a whopping seven planetary missions for the next decade.
"There is a lot of interest in Venus and we have announced a lot of opportunities for the scientific community in India and abroad and around 20 payloads are coming," said Dr Sivan. The chief also stated Mission Aditya L1 which is slated to launch during mid-2020 in order to study the Corona of the Sun. He also added that it will help us to understand the climate change.
The Aditya L1 and EXPO Sat mission are defined and done, the Mars Orbiter and Chandrayaan 3 are in their planning stage. ISRO chief Dr Sivan stated that post the planning stage, it will be formed as a project and they will lead it.
Dr Sivan also stated that the agency is in the final stage of testing for the Orbiter, Lander, and Rover and that they will be ready for launch by the end of May.
Talking about the 13 payloads which Chandrayaan-2 Mission would be carrying, he said, "Basically these payloads are looking at the composition of the atmosphere, surface, mapping, sub-surface structure, Lunar surface composition etc."