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India: Assembling Of Moon Mission Spacecraft Begins

Published by Rob on Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:17 am
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India has begun assembling the spacecraft for Chandrayaan-I, its first unmanned mission to the moon scheduled for 2008, a top space agency official said today. “We have begun the integration process for the spacecraft structure and are putting in place the antennae required for tracking data from this month,” S Krishnamurthy, Director of Publicity for the Indian Space Research Organisation.

The spacecraft structure has arrived at the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the integration work has begun, he said.

The first 18-metre antenna has been erected 40km from Bangalore at Byalalu village, where ISRO’s deep space tracking network is being established.

The launch will be 2008 with the also scheduled science Satellite Astrosat being later in 2009-2010

Chandrayaan I (Sanskrit चंद्रयान-1), which literally means “Moon Craft,” is an unmanned lunar mission by the Indian Space Research Organization. The mission includes a lunar orbiter as well as an impactor. The spacecraft will be launched by a modified version of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

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