The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is gearing up to launch the country’s second lunar mission – Chandrayaan 2 – in October-November and is likely to cost Rs 800 crore ($123 million).
The first time India sent a lunar probe Chandrayaan to the moon in 2008, the world watched and applauded. It was a glowing moment in the country’s tryst with space exploration program. And that it was at a project cost of Rs 386 crore ($59 million) and made India only the fourth country to plant a flag on the moon was a mammoth achievement.
Now, ISRO is gearing up to send its second – Chandrayaan 2 – to the moon.
The total cost of India’s lunar mission 2 is Rs 800 crore — Rs 200 crore for the launch and Rs 600 crore for the satellite.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission also costs lesser than Hollywood’s 2014 sci-fi movie “Interstellar.” The budget of the Matthew McConaughey-starrer was a whopping $165 million, which is about Rs 1,062 crore.
Speaking about the cost of Chandrayaan 2, ISRO chief K Sivan told Jitendra Singh, union minister of state in the prime minister’s office, that the expense would have been much higher if the mission was being launched from another country.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission is said to be much more challenging than the first one. This time the spacecraft will be carried by heavy-payload lifter GSLV Mk II, unlike the first time when the spacecraft was launched by a PSLV rocket.
The GSLV Mk II will launch the spacecraft that will weigh about 3,290kg, which includes an orbiter, a rover and a lander to the moon.
The Chandrayaan-2 is being readied at ISRO’s satellite center in Bengaluru and over 100 scientists are said to be working on the mission.. It will carry 13 scientific instruments, which will study the moon
Chandrayaan 2 will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.