AN IN-HOUSE ROBOTIC ROVER
ECA or Ek Choti si Asha was created as version 0.8. This model was designed with the Ackerman steering concept and a deployable masthead.
From starting out as last-minute contestants in a space race to unlocking a whole new industry in the country, our seven-year journey has been quite eventful and enlightening.
This is our story
The Google Lunar XPrize was announced—the largest incentivised space exploration challenge in human history. It sought to challenge entrepreneurs world over, to develop low-cost methods of space exploration.
A small group of friends registered as the only Indian team competing for the Google Lunar Xprize on finding that India had no other representative. None of them had the first clue about a space mission. They saw a problem and they wanted to solve it.
TeamIndus met former ISRO Chairman and Rajya Sabha member, Dr. K Kasturirangan to discuss the mission. The sit-down that was to end in a matter of minutes lasted for nearly two hours. This was the first validation that such a mission would be possible from India.
An international jury of five rocket scientists witnessed testing of the TeamIndus spacecraft for landing and imaging at ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), NAL, Centum Electronics and United Labs.
The Detailed Design Review or DDR was a lengthy four-day process by experts from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), the Indian Institute of Science(IISc), ISRO and NAL. This review yielded a go-ahead to start construction of the latest structure of the spacecraft and plenty of feedback on the software for the entire mission.
TeamIndus signed a first-of-its-kind launch contract with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)—the first instance of a public-private collaboration for space exploration in India. This was the start of #HarIndiankaMoonshot. The Moon mission had become truly Indian.