TeamIndus, an Indian-base space tech startup has picked seven teams for the country’s first private moon mission. Three among the lot of seven who qualified for this rare opportunity are from India. The TeamIndus spacecraft is set to make history in space technology by having its spacecraft carry the experiments by these seven teams for the mission on the moon.
The competition was flagged off last year by the name of Lab2Moon across the globe, and it invited about 3000 entries for different ideas for experiments on the lunar surface. Out of the whole lot, seven experiments have been selected to be conducted on the lunar surface. The experiment that was ideated by the team from India involved the study of the photosynthesis on the Moon would fly along with the Italian team Space4Life.
The startup and this entire undertaking have included several dignitaries from the space tech community of the country and abroad. This includes former ESA’s chairman Alain Bensoussan, ISRO chairman K. Kasturirangan and Yale University’s Astronomy Professor Priyamvada Natarajan.
In the official statement released by the start-up, it says, “Teams Callisto, Ears and Kalpana from India, Space4Life from Italy, Lunadome from Britain, Killa Lab from Peru and Regolith Revolution from the US have qualified to fly their experiments to the lunar surface in our spacecraft.”
The spacecraft which will launch from Sriharikota Space Center in December this year would be carried by Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) own PSLV. The spacecraft would be launched by the PSLV on a polar orbit around the earth, from where the spacecraft would make a dash to the Moon. After landing on the Moon at Mare Ibrium, the mission would undertake the various experiments over there and would send the data in the form of video broadcasts and images back to Earth.
TeamIndus is a Bengaluru based start off that itself has been competing in the Google’s global Lunar XPrize competition for a grant of $ 30 million for exploring and devising robot enabled space exploration techniques.