Monday, November 6, 2017

Chandrayaan-2 Mission to the Moon to Be Launched in the First Quarter of 2018

Chandrayaan-2 mission profile. Image Credit: ISRO

A S Kiran Kumar, the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently revealed that Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon, will be ready for the launch in the first quarter of 2018. He added that the spacecraft is currently in its final stages of integration.

"Things are going on. The orbiter is getting ready. Flight integration activity is going on, and a series of tests are planned for lander and rover. They are all in progress and we are working towards the first quarter (of 2018) launch of Chandrayaan-2," Kumar told Indian news agency PTI.

His words were lately confirmed by Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space, who announced that the launch will take place in the first quarter of 2018, most likely in March.

According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 mission will consist of an orbiter, lander and a six-wheeled 44-lbs. (20-kilogram) rover. The orbiter will be inserted into a 62-mile (100-kilometer) lunar orbit from where it will release the lander for a soft landing on the lunar surface. The lander will then deploy the rover that will move around near the landing site in a semi-autonomous mode for about two weeks, observing the lunar surface and analyzing the lunar soil.

The main goal of Chandrayaan-2 is to demonstrate the soft-landing capability. Moreover, the mission will also collect scientific information on lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere and signatures of hydroxyl and water ice.

"It (Chandrayaan-2) differs from the previous one (Chandrayaan-1) in the sense that in the last one, we had moon impact probe that descended on the moon in an uncontrolled manner, whereas this (Chandrayaan-2) will carry a lander, which will descend on the surface of the moon in a controlled manner," Kumar said.

Chandrayaan-1 was a lunar orbiter operating between October 2008 and August 2009. The goal of the mission was the chemical, mineralogical and photo-geologic mapping of the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2 will be launched into space by ISRO’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) in its Mk II variant. The liftoff will take place at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India.

2 comments:

  1. God bless ISRO.Please do not fake this Chandrayaan II moon project like NASA Apollo project of 1969-75.

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  2. Hallo alles wat gaat over verdere betere ontwikkeling voor mensen omstandigheden is recht waardig .Als op de maan is voldoende materie voor grote productie, zou het maan een betere lanser plaats te worden ,dan aarde .Er is geen dichtbij plaats buiten aardse centrifugale massa, die vraag veel minder energie voor verdere kolonisatie van ruimte.

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