Ahead of launch, Team Indus over the moon

Over the next few months, members of Team Indus, the Bengaluru-based startup that will send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon this year, will tour the country and visit over 36,000 schools to raise awareness about their mission.

Last year, the team won USD 1 million prize in the Google Lunar XPrize where they presented a viable concept for a moon lander.

The ‘Moonshot Wheels’ campaign, will consist of a mobile vehicle that will tour the country to educate children about astronomy and space.

On Saturday, the team members interacted with several students at Jakkur where they displayed life-size models of the spacecraft, landers, rovers, and the ground control systems. These are designed and run by students from the team with the assistance of mentors. Srinivasa Hegde, then mission director of Chandrayaan-1, who now mentors the team, was present, and said he was confident of the mission being a huge success.

The startup is the only Indian aspirant and among four from across the world that plans to send a spacecraft to soft-land on the moon before December 2017.

Once it reaches the lunar surface, the spacecraft will deploy a rover and send pictures to Earth. According to the team, the company has almost finished building its 600-kg-plus moon lander. It plans to launch it on a hired PSLV rocket of ISRO.

Visitors also got a chance to hear about a few of the experiments that the rover will carry on-board its journey. Discussing the challenges faced in the project, a member, who worked on building the all-terrain rover code named ECA, said: “It’s truly been a remarkable journey. We overcame challenges from the start and fought our way forward to complete this dream project.”

The team, which believes in the motto ‘Har-Indian-Ka-Moon-Shot’, wants to tell the student community that it is possible for youngsters to contribute to space research.

The team also put forward an offer. By paying ₹500, you can have your name micro-engraved on an aluminium plate, which will be placed on the moon.

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