India to see launch of 2 moon missions in early 2018

Two moon missions find their way into ISRO's space agenda in early 2018

Two moon missions find their way into ISRO's space agenda in early 2018

India is going to witness launch of two lunar missions in 2018.

The team, headed by IIT alumnus Rahul Narayan, is competing against Israel and United States among others, to win Dollars 30 million prize money.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been setting benchmarks for its global counterparts and has gained a solid foothold in the space race. The competition states the competing team has to move 500 metre on the moon's surface and should be able to beam back high-definition images back to Earth. Our country is going to observe the launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission along with another mission in collaboration with Team Indus.

Nandan Nilekani while praising the Indian aerospace startup said, "Team Indus is pursuing a big hairy audacious goal. I invested in Team Indus as I believe in their audacious mission to reach and land on the moon", Nandan Nilekani told TOI.

Confirming the use of PSLV service for the Team Indus project, ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar told TOI, "Team Indus has signed an agreement with Antrix (ISRO's commercial arm) for using the launch service of PSLV". The technology giant announced Google Lunar X PRIZE is the necessary part of the global competition.

Considered the new kid on the block in the multi-billion dollar world launcher market, aims to set an enviable benchmark for the space-fairing nations and the space agency's latest announcement will certainly ensure its leading position in the space race. Available on Android and IOS. Team Indus will lead this one.

As proposed, the emerging space enthusiast team is planned to furl the Indian Flag - Tricolour on the lunar surface on 26th January 2018, on the auspicious occasion of Republic Day of India, while ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 mission is estimated to take off in the early months of the same year. Later on, plans changed and ISRO became responsible for developing the Lunar Lander too, making Chandrayaan-2 a completely Indian mission.

While Team Indus is using the service of PSLV to take its 600-kg baby spacecraft to the lunar orbit, ISRO will use its heavylift rocket GSLV Mk II for the mission. "Therefore, GSLV Mk II is the preferred choice".

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