BENGALURU, 23 June: Continuing to contribute to the Indian space programme, defence PSU HAL officials said on Monday that, “It has delivered ‘Orbiter Craft Module Structure’ of Chandrayaan-2 mission to ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC)”.
This orbiter spacecraft module structure of the proposed Chandrayaan-2 mission, built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited that has been delivered to the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC).
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said it will launch the mission using the more powerful rocket GSLV-Mk II, which is powered by the indigenous cryogenic engine. The satellite centre is working on the main spacecraft and the rover. The lander is being developed at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.
Chandrayaan-2 is the second lunar mission of the country’s and is likely to come up in 2017 or 2018. It will have a lander and a rover to explore the Moon’s surface.
HAL official said that, “The Lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 is a two module configuration spacecraft comprising of the ‘The Orbiter Craft module’ and the ‘Lander Craft’.
“The Orbiter Craft Module structure weighs three tonne category bus made out of a central composite cylinder, shear webs and deck panels,” HAL said, quoting its Chairman & Managing Director T. Suvarna Raju.
HAL has provided hardware for the ISRO’s communication satellites as well as operational PSLV rocket and its higher siblings GSLV-MK II (or LVM 2) and MK III (or LVM 3). A division at Bengaluru is dedicated to meet the requirements of the space programme.
The main agenda behind placing the Lunar spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 mission is is that an Orbiter around the moon and sending a Lander and Rover to the surface of the moon. It will be launched using the GSLV-MK II (LVM 2) which is testing by ISRO.
While the initial launch of Chandrayaan-II was to have happened by now, but failure on part of the Russian space agency (Roscosmos), which was to supply one of the components, has delayed the project.
HAL has partnered and supported Indian Space Research Organization earlier too and its Chairman says the partnership will continue.