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DESTINATION MOON

India’s fascination with the Moon and the space beyond spans millennia—from knowledge recorded in ancient texts to ISRO’s Chandrayaan mission in 2008. TeamIndus aims to take India back to the Moon, only this time, we aim to land and explore the lunar surface.

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MISSION PROFILE

TeamIndus will launch its spacecraft aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in late 2017. This dedicated launch will inject the spacecraft into an orbit 880 km x 70,000 km above the surface of the earth. There on, the spacecraft will set course to the Moon using a series of complex orbital manoeuvres.

DESTINATION

The Moon

MISSION DURATION

24 earth days

DISTANCE

384,400 kms

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After hitting a maximum speed of 10.5 km per second en route to the Moon, it will fire its rocket engines again, this time to decelerate and soft-land as the dawn breaks on Mare Imbrium, a vast lava plain on the Moon. ECA, the rover, will be released onto the surface to transmit high definition images to the spacecraft, which in turn, will transmit them to Earth.

The mission will be phased over 24 days in all—10 days in orbit and 14 days on the surface. The spacecraft is 600 kilograms in total and almost 2 metres tall. It will run on 240 watts of solar power and 28 volt 24 amp hour battery.

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The mission can be divided into five distinct phases. Each of these phases comes with its own set of hurdles.

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BUILD

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LAUNCH

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JOURNEY

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LAND

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EXPLORE

IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE

The Spacecraft, designed and developed by TeamIndus’ young engineers with guidance from retired ISRO scientists, will weigh 600 Kg at takeoff. It houses a rocket engine, 16 thrusters, a propellent tank, an oxidiser tank and commercial and experimental payload. It also carries onboard the TeamIndus all terrain rover—ECA— designed to move at least 500 metres on the Moon and capture HD media. TeamIndus’ landing technology has been validated by XPRIZE, with the award of a $1 million Milestone Prize. It will house a variety of equipment including cameras from the French Space Agency, CNES.

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T MINUS ZERO

The Spacecraft will be housed inside the nosecone of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) workhorse launch vehicle, the PSLV. It is slated for launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in late 2017. In just 20 minutes the PSLV will inject the Spacecraft into a 800 km x 70,000 km lower earth orbit and well on its way to the Moon.

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SPACE ODYSSEY

After it is ejected into a lower earth orbit by the PSLV, the spacecraft will orbit the earth. In a manoeuvre called trans-lunar injection, the spacecraft's rocket engines are fired to set it on course to the Moon. At about 100 km from the Moon, the Spacecraft will decelerate and perform a manoeuvre called Lunar Orbit Capture to settle into an orbit around the Moon.

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CONTACT LIGHT

Four carefully executed orbital manoeuvres sets the Spacecraft in a 100 km x 100 km orbit around the Moon. The landing procedure that follows will be controlled by software on board using data collected from laser sensors. At a time optimised to make sure that the landing coincides with the lunar dawn in the vast lava plain of Mare Imbrium, the Spacecraft thrusters will be fired to decelerate and decrease the orbit and enable a soft touchdown.

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EK CHOTI SI ASHA

The TeamIndus Rover ECA will then be released on to the lunar surface along with other payload. The wheels of ECA has been optimised to move smoothly the dusty lunar surface. The rover will then move around on the surface of the Moon, capture and beam back high definition video and images from the surface of the Moon.

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

TeamIndus stands on the shoulders of giants, taking in all the knowledge humanity has collected over centuries and ever so curious to push ourselves to learn more. With prominent retired ISRO scientists working with young, energetic engineers, we believe that the Moon and the infinity beyond is within our reach.

We believe that even greater moments are waiting. The possibilities of delving deeper into space are endless. Can the Moon become the first outpost of an interplanetary species of humans? Can Helium 3 on the Moon be the solution to Earth’s energy needs? The Moon will be the future in ways unimagined.

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