Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh proclaimed that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch ‘Chandrayaan-2’ Mission scheduled in April 2018.
Chandrayaan-2 will be India’s second mission to the moon, after ‘Chandrayan-1’ which was successfully launched on 22nd October 2008, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Chennai.
Chnadrayaan-2 will be launched by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) Rocket.
Chnadrayaan-2 has been developed by ISRO in collaboration with Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) as a part of the agreement between two space agencies. ISRO took major responsibility to develop orbiter and rover while Roscosmos was to provide the lander.
Chairman of Isro K Sivan informed that the total cost of the Chandrayaan-2 mission will be of approx Rs 800 crores.
K Sivan also said that if the mission’s launch gets delayed from April due to unsuitable weather, it will take place anytime until October 2018.
Chandrayaan-2 is believed to be the cheapest mission not more than a cost of Hollywood Sci-Fi movie ‘Instateller’.