readies for Chandrayaan-2's moon trip
15 November 2007
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Russia's Federal
(Roskosmos) have signed an agreement on joint lunar research and exploration.
G Madhavan Nair, chairman, ISRO, and A Perminov, director, Roskosmos, signed the
agreement in Moscow on 12 November 2007 during the visit of prime minister Dr
Manmohan Singh, to Russia.
cooperation envisages Chandrayaan-2, a joint lunar mission involving a lunar orbiting
spacecraft and a lander / rover on the moon's surface.
will have the prime responsibility for the orbiter and Roskosmos will be responsible
for the lander / rover. A few scientific instruments from other space agencies
may also be accommodated on these systems.
will be launched on India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) around
2011-12 time frame. This agreement is a major milestone in the long-standing cooperation
between India and Russia in the area of outer space.
the meantime, sources say that the preparation for launching India's first unmanned
mission to moon Chandrayaan-1 in April 2008 are progressing as scheduled. The
spacecraft is in the final stages of integration and testing, and will be launched
onboard India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
mission features a spacecraft orbiting around the Moon for two years at an altitude
of 100km mapping the topography and the mineralogical content of the lunar surface.
will also have a moon impact probe payload for demonstrating the technology needed
towards accurate landing on the moon's surface. Chandrayaan-2 is the next logical
step for more detailed and in situ study of the moon.
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