Preparations for C-2 on schedule for 2013 launch

Prototypes of Chandrayaan-2 already rolling out of the labs: Dr Annadurai

Delivering the Prof B R Narayan Iyengar Memorial Lecture at the Institution of Engineers on Thursday, he said preparations for C-2 were right on schedule for a 2013 launch. C-2 will carry a lander and a rover and will land on one of the poles of the moon and will focus on onsite analysis and sample collection.

While the C-2 will travel on the same trajectory as C-1, the rover and the spacecraft will be separated en route to the moon. However, the instruments onboard the orbiter have not yet been finalised and Annadurai mentioned that it was likely to be decided in six months.
Maturity of instruments

“We are looking at the maturity of the instruments and the technical readiness to match with where we land is also to be seen. We also have to keep the mass constraint in mind,” he added.  Speaking on Chandrayaan-1, he said one of the most important thing that they learnt from the mission was about international co-operation.

“We had 15 agencies working together and there was tremendous amount of co-ordination. This model is being followed by NASA itself now. I think it was one of the most valuable lessons we learnt from the mission,” he said.

Answering a question about the benefits of moon exploration, Annadurai spoke about the harvesting Helium 3, once nuclear fusion process had become more popular, as moon is the closest to earth with great reserves. He mentioned that moon travel could also be a possibility, with some 250 people already having signed up for a trip.

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