ISRO to launch Chandrayaan II in Mar 2018
September 27, 2017 - Supermoon
India is aiming for a moon, again.
Indian Space Research Organisation’s second unmanned moon mission, Chandrayaan 2, will lift off in Mar 2018, a decade after Chandrayaan 1 was launched, Isro sources told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
Chandrayaan 2 would be launched on a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark 2 (GSLV Mk 2) that will blast off from a Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, sources said, refusing to divulge a accurate lift-off date.
GSLV Mk 2 is a largest launch car grown by India and has several successful missions to a credit, Isro website says.
Weighing 3,250kg, Chandrayaan (moon vehicle) 2 would have an orbiter, lander and rover.
The orbiter would be launched into a lunar circuit where a lander will separate, make a soothing alighting on a moon and muster a rover, sources said.
It would be an modernized chronicle of Chandrayaan 1 that was a landmark goal for Isro, with India apropos usually a fourth nation to plant a dwindle on a moon after a US, earlier USSR and Japan.
Chandrayaan 1 was launched on Oct 22, 2008, and enclosed a probe, impactor and orbiter. Its moon impact examine crash-landed on a lunar aspect on Nov 14, 2008.
The goal was lauded for costing a fragment — about $80 million — of identical missions. The Japanese’s SELENE cost $480 million.
Chandrayaan 2 is approaching to cost $91 million, nonetheless another instance of Isro’s “frugal engineering” — a ability to furnish high-end record during eye-poppingly low costs.
Less than a year after a launch, Chandrayaan 1 faced countless technical problems and on Aug 29, 2009, Isro mislaid hit with a craft, good before a dictated goal length of dual years.
Despite an early end, it over roughly 80% of a designated tasks.
In Jul 2016, scientists during Nasa’s jet thrust laboratory in California located a spacecraft. “We have been means to detect Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and a Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chandrayaan-1 in lunar circuit with a ground-based radar,” Nasa scientist Marina Brozovic had told media.
It is still believed to be orbiting a moon 150 to 200km from a lunar surface.