India has completed the design of Chandrayaan-2, its next mission to the moon -- this time in collaboration with Russia -- that would have a lander and rover which can collect samples of the lunar soil and analyse them and send back the data.
“Right now, the design has been completed. We had a joint review with Russian scientists here,” Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, G Madhavan Nair, told PTI.
According to the Bangalore-headquartered space agency, the Chandrayaan-2 mission would have an orbital flight vehicle constituting an Orbital Craft (OC) and a Lunar Craft (LC) that would carry a soft landing system up to Lunar Transfer Trajectory (LTT).
The target location for the lander-rover would be identified using data from instruments of Chandrayaan-1, India’s own and first unmanned mission to the Moon launched on October 22 last year.
While ISRO will be developing the orbiter, it will be Russia’s job to make the lander and rover. Additional scientific payloads would be acquired from international scientific community.
“Next (now that design has been completed) we will go towards prototype building, which will be taken up next year,” Nair, also secretary in the Department of Space, said.