The Indian Space Research Organisation is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the Chandrayaan-2 mission is a success. This time the lunar module will carry an orbiter, a rover and a lander to the moon making it special.
Giving details of the mission, ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan said,”Chandrayaan-2 is a challenging mission as for the first time we will carry an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the moon. The tentative launch date is sometime in April. Once the GSLV rocket carrying the spacecraft is launched from Sriharikota, the orbiter will reach the moon’s orbit in one to two months. After reaching the moon’s orbit the lander will get detached and do a soft landing near the south pole of the moon.
The rover fixed within the lander will get detached and move on wheels on the lunar surface. The rover has been designed in such a way that it will have power to spend a lunar day or 14 earth days on the moon’s surface and walk up to 150-200 kms. It will do several experiments and on-site chemical analysis of the lunar surface.” These data and images will then be sent to Earth through the orbiter within 15 minutes.
Currently the integration of the three components of the lunar module is going on. Once it is ready it will be put through rigorous tests.
In preparation for the lunar touchdown, landing simulations are currently on at ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion System Centre at Mahendra Giri, Tamil Nadu.