The Bengaluru-based startup TeamIndus plans to land their 600 kg rover on the moon by the end of next year. The rover will be launched with the help of ISRO PSLV to lift the rover and will also carry additional 4 kg Japanese robotic rover.
TeamIndus rover will land on the moon and travel at least 500 m on the lunar surface and beam back high-definition video and images back to the Earth. This mission will lay the path for the bigger Chandrayaan-2 mission. That is, if the mission is successful, the ISRO scientists will use the technology and develop the Chandrayaan-2 lander for exploration of Moon. This will be ISRO’s second mission to the moon after the success of Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008.
The private moon mission is being completed by TeamIndus and the mission will cost around $60 million. So far, the team has been able to raise $15 million and they aim to raise remaining funds by September-October next year.
TeamIndus is also looking forward to win the Google’s Lunar XPRIZE of $25 million, so as to add to their $60 million goal. Read the full article here.