Chandrayaan-2 India’s second lunar mission to be launched in 2017

India’s second mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 will be launched in 2017 with an approximate lift-off mass of 2,650 kg from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) stated that Chandrayaan-2 is an updated version of Chandrayaan-1 mission.

The Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon, has Orbiter, Lander and Rover configuration. It is planned to be launched during 2017-2018 time frame by Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

According to ISRO, this mission will use and test various new technologies and conduct new experiments. 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.

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Chandrayaan-2 will be an indigenous project and its responsibility is taken by ISRO. The Indian Space Agency will look after the development of Orbiter and Rover in addition to the launch by Geosynchronous Satellite Launching Vehicle (GSLV).

ISRO had previously informed that India will launch six more satellites during 2015-16. It consists of two communication satellites, one space science satellite ASTROSAT and three navigation satellites. ISRO is also on its way to launch 13 satellites of four countries using Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV).

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Chandrayaan-1 was successfully launched from Chennai-based spaceport on 22 October, 2008. The spacecraft orbited around the Earth’s Natural Satellite for chemical, photo-geological and mineralogical mapping of Moon at an altitude of 100km from lunar surface.

– Spadman

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