ISRO claims Chandrayaan 2 mission rover will be active for 14 days until it goes into sleep mode

Shedding more light on the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan 2 mission, the ISRO chief now claims that the rover will spend a good 14 days on the moon's surface.

The rover being tested at a facility in Bengaluru. Image: ISRO.

The rover being tested at a facility in Bengaluru. Image: ISRO.

The news comes from the Times of India (TOI) which reported some exclusive details about the ISRO's upcoming mission to the moon.

The news comes from ISRO chairman, Dr K Sivan who told the Times of India that the Chandrayaan 2 is challenging mission as it will be the first time that the organisation will carry an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the moon.

It was only recently revealed that launch data is now scheduled for sometime in the month of April and will be launched from Sriharikota where the orbiter will reach the moon's orbit in about two months.

Once in the moon's orbit, the lander will get detached from the orbiter and then perform a soft-landing near the south pole of the moon. Once it touches ground, the 6-wheeled rover will have enough power for 14 Earth days on the moon's surface.

Sivan also told the publication that the rover is capable of covering a range of 150-200 km. Once on up and running, it will conduct several experiments with on-site chemical analysis of the surface.

The rover has then been programmed to send images to Earth relaying them to the orbiter, which should reach the Earth in 15 minutes.

After one moon day, the rover will go into a sleep mode and will then wake up once the sun's rays fall on it.


Published Date: Feb 05, 2018 07:39 AM | Updated Date: Feb 05, 2018 09:34 AM