S Somnath, the director of Isro, announced on Wednesday that the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon is prepared for launch and would leave from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre between July 12 and July 19.
The launch will take place on July 13, according to a report by PTI news agency citing authorities, although the Isro chief said the exact date will be revealed once all the tests are finished.
“Currently the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is fully integrated. We have completed the testing. Currently, the window of opportunity for launch is between July 12 to 19. We will announce the exact date after all the tests are completed,” said Somnath.
The Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle Mark-III, India’s largest lunar rocket, will carry out the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s launch.
Somnath has previously stated that the best time to launch is between July 12 and July 19, when the orbital dynamics will guarantee little fuel use and more efficiency on the trip to the Moon.