Chandrayaan-II: ISRO to launch second moon mission in March-April 2018, says Director
New Delhi : Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO) will be launching India's second moon mission 'Chandrayaan-II' in March-April 2018, said Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai, director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru.
The prestigious mission will be launched via Geosynchronous Satellite launch vehicle (GSLV MK II) that will include a lunar, Orbiter, lander and rover.
Addressing a press conference at Tiruchy on Saturday, he said that they were preparing three unmanned vehicles for the mission developed in India including an orbiter craft, to hover above the moon’s surface, a rover, and a lander to facilitate the landing of the rover safely on the moon.
The wheeled rover will take a ride on moon surface to collect samples and perform a chemical analysis on site.
Dr Annadurai also revealed that the orbiter will orbit the moon at an altitude of 100-km and create a detailed three-dimensional map of the lunar surface. The mission will carry five instruments on the orbiter namely, a large area soft X-ray spectrometer for mapping significant elements there on the lunar surface, L and S band synthetic aperture radar for probing the first few tens of metres on the surface of the moon for presence of constituents like water.