India has announced plans for a third lunar mission, months after its last one crash landed on the Moon's surface.
He added that India had chosen 4 candidate astronauts to take part in the country's first manned mission into orbit, pledged to take place by mid-2022.
"In Chandrayaan-2 we had orbiter, lander and rover configuration but the Chandrayaan-3 will be having a lander and rover with a propulsion module".
When asked if the landing location would be changed for Chandrayaan-3, the ISRO chief said that there was no issue with the landing location.
"Government has approved Chandrayan-3, the project is ongoing".
He also said the launch of Chandrayaan-3 may shift to next year.
India has developed a reputation for pioneering affordable satellite launches and space missions. The space agency had planned the landing on the South Pole of the lunar surface. He revealed that ISRO has selected four astronauts to begin training later in January, but did not disclose their identities.
Sivan also congratulated the Chennai based techie who recently located the Vikram lander that hard-landed and maintained that it was the space agency's policy not to release pictures of the crashed module. One of the successes of the mission was that the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter made it successfully into the lunar orbit.
NASA announced last month that it has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the moon, pledging the mission would take place in 2024.
He said, "The orbiter is still functioning, it's going to function for the next 7 years to produce scientific data". PM Modi had flown down to Bengaluru on the night of September 6 to watch the planned touchdown of the Vikram lander.
As regards the choice of location, he said, "It was mainly to get advantages of southward launch especially for SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle)".
The India media covers the launch of the solar-powered rover Chandrayaan-2 in September. The mission is created to land a rover on the moon's surface which is expected to travel around 500 metres there.