Chandrayaan-2

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Chandrayaan-2
Mission type Lunar orbiter, lander, rover
Operator Indian Space Research Organisation
Mission duration Planned: 1 year
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer ISRO
Launch mass Combined: 2,650 kg (5,840 lb)
Payload mass Orbiter: 1,400 kg (3,100 lb)
Rover: 20 kg (44 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date Planned: 2018 (2018)
Rocket GSLV III[2]
Launch site Satish Dhawan
Contractor ISRO
Lunar orbiter

Indian Lunar Exploration Program
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Chandrayaan-2 (Sanskrit: चन्द्रयान-२; Sanskrit: [ t͡ʃʌnd̪ɾʌːjaːn d̪ʋi]; lit: Moon-vehicle[3][4] About this sound pronunciation ) is India's second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the mission is planned to be launched to the Moon by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III (GSLV III).[2] It includes a lunar orbiter, lander and rover, all developed by India. India is planning to launch Chandrayaan-2 by 2018.[5]

According to ISRO, this mission will use and test various new technologies and conduct new experiments.[6][7][8] The wheeled rover will move on the lunar surface and will pick up soil or rock samples for on-site chemical analysis. The data will be relayed to Earth through the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter.[9]

History[edit]

On 12 November 2007, representatives of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and ISRO signed an agreement for the two agencies to work together on the Chandrayaan-2 project.[10] ISRO would have the prime responsibility for the orbiter and rover, while Roscosmos was to provide the lander.

The Indian government approved the mission in a meeting of the Union Cabinet, held on 18 September 2008 and chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.[11] The design of the space craft was completed in August 2009, with scientists of both countries conducting a joint review.[12][13]

Although ISRO finalized the payload for Chandrayaan-2 per schedule,[14] the mission was postponed[15] and rescheduled to 2016 because Russia was unable to develop the lander on time.[16][17] Roscosmos later withdrew in wake of the failure of the Fobos-Grunt mission to Mars, the reason being that technical aspects connected with the Fobos-Grunt mission were also used in the lunar projects, which need to be reviewed.[16] When Russia cited its inability to provide the lander even by 2015, India decided to develop the lunar mission independently.[15]

Design[edit]

The mission is planned to fly on a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk III (GSLV III) with an approximate lift-off mass of 2,650 kg (5,840 lb) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island.[2][18] As of December 2015, the mission has an allocated cost of 603 Crore (US$91 million).[19]

Orbiter[edit]

The orbiter will orbit the Moon at an altitude of 200 km (120 mi).[20] The mission would carry five instruments on the orbiter. Three of them are new, while two others are improved versions of those flown on Chandrayaan-1. The approximate launch mass will be 1,400 kg (3,100 lb).[14][18]

Lander[edit]

Unlike Chandrayaan-1's lunar probe, which impacted the Moon's surface, the lander will make a soft landing to then deploy the rover.[18] The lander will not perform any scientific activities. The approximate mass of the lander and rover is 1,250 kg (2,760 lb). Initially, the lander was slated to be developed by Russia in collaboration with India. When Russia stated its inability provide the lander to meet even the revised time frame of 2015, Indian officials decided to develop the lander independently. The cancellation of the Russian lander also meant that mission profile had to be changed. The design of the indigenous lander and the preliminary configuration study has been completed by the Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad.[15]

Rover[edit]

The rover's mass will be about 20 kg (44 lb) and will operate on solar power.[1] The rover will move on wheels on the lunar surface, pick up samples of soil or rocks, perform on-site chemical analysis and send the data to the orbiter above, which will relay it to the Earth station.[14][18]

The initial plan was for the rover to be designed in Russia and fabricated in India. However, Russia gave up in May 2010 on its plan on designing the rover.[15][16][17] Subsequently, ISRO decided on designing and fabricating the rover. IIT Kanpur is developing three subsystems to provide mobility:

  1. Stereoscopic camera-based 3D vision - will provide the ground team controlling the rovers a 3D view of the surrounding terrain.
  2. Kinematic traction control - will enable the rover to negotiate the rough lunar terrain using independent steering provided on four of its wheels.
  3. Control and motor dynamics - The rover will have six wheels, each driven by an independent electric motor. Four of the wheels will also be capable of independent steering. A total of 10 electric motors will be used for traction and steering.

Payload[edit]

ISRO has announced that an expert committee has decided on five payloads for the orbiter, and two for the rover.[14][21] While it was initially reported that NASA and ESA would participate in the mission by providing some scientific instruments for the orbiter,[22] ISRO has later clarified that due to weight restrictions it will not be carrying foreign payloads on this mission.[20]

Orbiter payload
Rover payload

There are plans to include a seismometer to study Moon-quakes.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "yaana". Spoken Sanskrit. Retrieved 5 November 2008. 
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  16. ^ a b c Laxman, Srinivas (6 February 2012). "India's Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Likely Delayed After Russian Probe Failure". Asian Scientist. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "India's next moon mission depends on Russia: ISRO chief". NDTV. Indo-Asian News Service. 9 September 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Successful commercial launches boost ISRO's reputation in 2015". Business Standard. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  20. ^ a b Laxman, Srinivas (5 September 2010). "'We're launching Chandrayaan-2 for a total coverage of the moon'". The Times of India. 
  21. ^ Johnson, T. A. (31 August 2010). "Three new Indian payloads for Chandrayaan 2, decides ISRO". The Indian Express. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  22. ^ Beary, Habib (4 February 2010). "NASA and ESA to partner for Chandrayaan-2". Sakal Times. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  23. ^ Mallikarjun, Y. (29 May 2013). "India plans to send seismometer to study moonquakes". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 June 2013.