ISRO to launch 58 missions over 5 years

The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch 58 space missions over the next five years, including a Mars orbiter and a mission to the moon.

The 12th five-year plan of the organisation, which has been cleared for Rs 39,750 crore, encompasses 33 satellite missions and 25 launch vehicle missions that will take place till 2017.

In a detailed statement on the expected launches and missions, the ISRO revealed that it will launch a technological mission to reach the Mars orbit and study the surface and atmospheric features of the planet.

Two ambitious missions have been planned for the sun and the moon.

While the Chandrayaan 2 mission will be for scientific investigations of the lunar surface, the ISRO is planning Aditya, a mission to study the sun and solar corona phenomena.

While several new missions will be launched on the communication front, an interesting one will be GSAT 7 that has been mentioned as a communication satellite for 'special users'.

A mission that will be keenly followed by the military would be the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System for satellite-based positioning services.

ISRO is planning a constellation that would consist of seven IRNSS satellites.

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