India to go solo on second lunar mission

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    India to go solo on second lunar mission - The Times of India
    AHMEDABAD: India has decided on its second journey to the moon—Chandrayaan-2—without Russian participation. The tentativedate for lift-off is 2015 from the Sriharikota facility. This was announced by space scientist S V S Murty of theAhmedabad-based PhysicalResearch Laboratory's (PRL) planetary explorationgroup during a conference on Monday.
    The original mission envisaged the nearly Rs 425-crore Chandrayaan-2 having an indigenous rocket and a rover with a Russian lander. But Murty said, "The Russian lander is being replaced by an indigenous lunar lander." The decision comes after the failure of a Russian space mission, Phobos-Grunt in January 2012, which was supposed to test the lander.
    Murthy said that the replacement of the Russianlander with an indigenous one would call for a changein the mission profile as well. The lander is being designed and developed by the Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad.Its preliminary configuration study has been completed.
    The orbiter will have five payloads, while the six-wheeled rover has two. The orbiter will operate from an altitude of200 km above the moon's surface. "Chandrayaan-2 will carry out an intensive investigation of a localizedarea of the moon having high scientific value," he said.
    The rocket will be the three-stage Geo Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle powered byan indigenous cryogenic engine. All the payloads of Chandrayaan-2 are indigenous in contrast to Chandrayaan-1 which had six foreign payloads and five from India.
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    I am bit surprised by the move.
    Best wishes to ISRO.:thumb:
     
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    Best of luck ISRO :)
     

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