What’s this Chandrayaan – 2?
Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1, which will be lifted by bahubali of space launch vehicles, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III.(GSLV Mk-III).
Ritu Kridhal and M Vanitha are leading the project and mission of the chandrayaan – 2.
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Ritu Karidhal is an Indian scientist working with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Also alumni of IISc.
She was a Deputy Operations Director to India’s Mars orbital mission, Mangalyaan.She has been referred to as a “Rocket Woman” of India.
The Project Director is M Vanitha, an electronics systems engineer, shouldering the entire responsibility of the Chandrayaan-2.
Image : Artistic representation of GSLV-III in the Flight X configuration
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Objectives of the Mission :
- The primary objectives of Chandrayaan-2 are to demonstrate the ability to soft-land on the lunar surface.
- Quantify the water available on the moon’s surface.
- Map its Topography, to explore chemicals and minerals such as magnesium, iron,and Helium.
- Chandrayaan-2 will inform the location and abundance of lunar water for exploitation by the future lunar base proposed by the Artemis program.
Design Information and Payload details.
|Launch Vehicle||GSLV Mk-III|
|Gross lift-off mass||2,379 kg|
|Propellant mass||1,697 kg|
|Dry mass||682 kg|
|Earth parking orbit||170 km perigee and 40,400 km apogee|
|Orbiter (Power)||1 kW|
|Vikram lander (Power)||650 W|
|Pragyan rover (Power)||50 W|
Vikram lander :
The mission will be sending 20 Kg wheeled rover to the moon’s surface, to examine the lunar surface.
1.Indigenous mission: 13 instruments from India, one instrument from US space agency, NASA.
2.Future Space Exploration: mission will also expand the country’s footprint in spaceas moon is the perfect test-bed for proving technologies required for future space exploration
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