Chandrayaan-3 is complete: India's moon mission has passed a test that confirms it can operate in orbit

Chandrayaan-3 is complete: India’s moon mission has passed a test that confirms it can operate in orbit.

Chandrayaan-3 successfully conducted EMI/EMC (Electro – Magnetic Interference/ Electro-Magnetic Compatibility) testing at the U R Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, providing a boost to India’s moon mission. The test was carried out between January 31 and February 2, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The EMI-EMC test is performed for satellite missions to confirm that satellite subsystems function properly in space and are compatible with the expected electromagnetic levels. This test is a significant step toward the satellites’ completion, according to ISRO. The Propulsion module, Landing module, and Rover module comprise the Chandrayaan-3 interplanetary mission. “Because of the mission’s intricacy, radio-frequency (RF) communication links between the modules are required,” ISRO explained. Launcher compatibility, antenna polarization of all RF systems, standalone auto compatibility testing for orbital and powered descent mission phases, and Lander & Rover compatibility tests for the post-landing mission phase were all ensured during the EMI/EMC test. The ISRO stated that the systems’ performance was satisfactory.

Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2 that will demonstrate end-to-end capability in safe landing and wandering on the lunar surface using a lander-rover configuration. While the Indian space agency has yet to announce official launch dates, they are expected to be in the second or third quarter of 2023. The mission’s goal is to learn more about the Moon’s composition. The mission’s three main objectives are to demonstrate a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface, to demonstrate the rover’s wandering capabilities on the moon, and to conduct in-situ scientific investigations.

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