Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is prepping up to mark its presence on Moon by its maiden lunar landing mission: Chandrayaan II by the end of March 2018 – a goal that will set history in Indian space research.
The last time any country put their steps on Earth’s only satellite was back in 2013 when China landed its Yutu Rover; and before that, it was in 1970s. With advancing space research technology, India is all set to join the elite group of countries who have stepped their rovers on the lunar surface through its ambitious project: Chandrayaan II. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), researchers are planning to launch Chandrayaan II by the end of March 2018. Although it is not ISRO’s first mission towards moon, with plans of landing on the lunar surface makes it India’s most ambitious project till date.
Chandrayaan II will be ISRO’s second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1 launched in October 2008. But later, in November 2008, the spacecraft smashed into the moon and got missed in lunar orbit before NASA noticed the “derelict spacecraft” over in 2016. Off from that, ISRO is now busy in developing three unmanned vehicles for the mission established in India involving an orbiter spacecraft to float above the moon’s surface, a rover, and a lander to help the landing of the rover safely on the moon. The wheeled lunar rover will conduct chemical tests and investigations on the surface of moon and all data will be transmitted back to Earth through Chandrayaan II orbiter.
To launch the 3290 kg Chandrayaan II spaceship, ISRO will be using Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) and then the lunar rover combo will lift off Earth’s surface – to the moon surface, but in 2018. And again, it is an unmanned mission, so there will be no astronauts, not yet. This mission will help India to gather a number of essential data regarding the only natural satellite of Earth. It will also make India’s place in global space research industry, much deeper and stronger. Moon, see you in 2018, until then..