‘Chan­drayaan-2’ to cost Rs 800 crore

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence Inindia -

Ac­cord­ing to ISRO Chair­man K Si­van, In­dia’s se­cond lu­nar mis­sion, ‘Chan­drayaan-2’ sched­uled for launch in Oc­to­berNovem­ber 2018, would cost Rs 200 crore for the launch and Rs 600 crore for the satel­lite it­self. “This cost, is al­most half of what it would cost if the same mis­sion had to be launched from a for­eign launch­ing site,” K Si­van stated. In­dia’s first lu­nar probe, ‘ Chan­drayaan-1’, launched on 22 Oc­to­ber 2008, (im­pres­sion above) had been lauded for cost­ing a frac­tion of what other lu­nar mis­sions had cost: $80 mil­lion as com­pared with Ja­pan’s ‘SE­LENE’ mis­sion’s $480 mil­lion as an ex­am­ple. The ‘ Chan­drayaan-2’ is an ad­vanced ver­sion of its pre­de­ces­sor, will weigh 3,250 kg at the launch, with or­biter, lan­der and rover that are all in­dige­nously devel­oped. “The probe will de­scend the sur­face of the moon, from where they will col­lect sam­ples of soil, wa­ter etc. to carry back home for de­tailed analysis and re­search,” Si­van stated.

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