The orbiter spacecraft module structure of the proposed Chandrayaan-2 mission built by it has been delivered to the ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, according to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Chandrayaan-2, the country’s second lunar mission since 2008, is likely to come up in 2017 or 2018 and will have a lander and a rover to explore Moon’s surface. HAL said the lunar spacecraft is a two-module configuration having the orbiter craft and the lander craft. “The Orbiter Craft Module structure is a three-tonne category bus made out of a central composite cylinder, shear webs and deck panels,” HAL said quoting its Chairman & Managing Director T. Suvarna Raju. ISRO has said it will launch the mission using the more powerful rocket GSLV-MkII fitted with the indigenous cryogenic engine. The Satellite Centre is working on the main spacecraft and the rover. The lander is being developed at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. HAL has provided hardware for ISRO’s communication satellites as well as operational PSLV rocket and its higher siblings GSLV-MKII and MKIII (or LVM3). A division at Bengaluru is dedicated to meet the requirements of the Space programme.
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