Russia to develop lander for Chandrayaan-II
Russia will develop a lander that will ferry a rover to explore the moon’s surface as part of the Chandrayaan-II mission, slated for launch in 2013, project director of Chandrayaan-I and II M. Annadurai said on Sunday.
â€œThe GSLV will be the launch vehicle for Chandrayaan-II and the prime responsibility of realising the lander is Russia’s. The rover, to be realised by us [Indian Space Research Organisation], will carry out in situ probe on the moon’s surface. We will also develop the scientific instruments to go around with it,â€ Mr. Annadurai told The Hindu after delivering the keynote address at the graduation ceremony of B. Tech and MBA students, organised by the Toc-H Institute of Science and Technology (TIST), Arakkunnam, near here.
â€œUnlike Chandrayaan-I, whose moon-impact probe did a hard-landing on the moon, the lander ferried by the Chandrayaan-II orbiter to soft-land on the moon’s surface would be about 1,200 kg. While the rover interface would be done by us, the lander interface with the rover would be developed by Russia,â€ he said.
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