After the success of the Mars mission, ISRO, which is currently conducting experiments for its second moon mission, said another mission to Mars, Venus and Jupiter are on the horizon and studies are underway.
“As we are progressing, we need to look at long-term. So what we are looking beyond Chandrayan-2, for which we are already working on an approved program,” Kumar said. “Beyond that, Mars second mission and Venus mission are all on the horizon, we have to go through the various studies and then formulate, get the approval and move. Right now, they are all in the study phase,” he added. ISRO is conducting tests for hazard avoidance for Chandrayaan-2 as it lands at its facility in Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka, where simulated lunar craters have been created to evaluate the performance of the system.
The ISRO Chairman and French Space agency (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall in the presence of visiting French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault had on Monday signed a partnership agreement in satellite launch technology. To a question on the agreement, Kumar said “Currently we are working with them on Oceansat-3… and then we are working for a future payload, on an infrared imaging sensor.” “We are also looking at possibilities of working with them in various areas of future developments of satellites, launch vehicles,” he added. ISRO in the past had worked with CNES on sounding rockets, SARAL satellites program and had also launched satellites for them.