Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter Craft Module Structure Delivered to ISRO

Chandrayaan-2 orbiter craft module structure. Credit: HAL/ISRO

The orbiter spacecraft module structure of the proposed Chandrayaan-2 mission, built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., (HAL) has been delivered to the ISRO Satellite Centre. Chandrayaan-2 is the country’s second lunar mission and is likely to come up in 2017 or 2018. It will have a lander and a rover to explore the Moon’s surface. HAL said the lunar spacecraft is a two-module configuration having the orbiter craft and the lander craft.

“The Orbiter Craft Module structure is a three-tonne category bus made out of a central composite cylinder, shear webs and deck panels,” HAL said, quoting its Chairman & Managing Director T. Suvarna Raju.

The ISRO said it will launch the mission using the more powerful rocket GSLV-MkII, which is powered by the indigenous cryogenic engine. The satellite centre is working on the main spacecraft and the rover. The lander is being developed at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

HAL has provided hardware for the ISRO’s communication satellites as well as operational PSLV rocket and its higher siblings GSLV-MKII and MKIII (or LVM3). A division at Bengaluru is dedicated to meet the requirements of the space programme.


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