ISRO Chairman said that India is going to witness launch of two lunar missions in the upcoming year. The two missions will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Team Indus, respectively. ISRO will launch Chandrayaan-2 which will be an advanced version of its previous mission, early in 2018 with an objective of the deeper lunar surface.
Whereas, the mission initiated by Team Indus will unfold the Indian National Flag on the surface of the moon as part of Global Lunar Competition. Team Indus has many young engineers who are led by IIT-Delhi alumnus Rahul Narayan will compete to win $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE.
The competition states that the team has to move 500-metre on the moon’s surface and must be able to beam back high definition images back to Earth. To fulfill its ambition team, Indus has backed upon by investors like Infosys co-founder and former UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani and other space researches from ISRO.
“Team Indus is pursuing a big hairy audacious goal. I invested in Team Indus as I believe in their audacious mission to reach and land on the moon,” said Nilekani commending the Team Indus
The two missions are different from each other with different instruments, said Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO. Team Indus uses PSLV to launch its lunar. While Chandrayaan-2 uses GSLV MK II which is the preferred choice, unlike the 2008 Chandrayaan-1 mission.