With the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) integrating payloads for the “Mars Orbiter Mission”, India’s plan to send a spacecraft to the red planet is inching towards reality. After leaving the earth’s orbit in November, the spacecraft will cruise in deep‐space for about 10 months and will reach Mars around September 2014. Sources within the ISRO confirmed that the agency has begun integration of the payloads, adding that the preliminary design reviews are complete and the integration process has begun. “The structure has been delivered to clean room and the propulsion system integration is in the final stage,” a source said. Termed the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the spacecraft will be launched using the PSLV‐C25.
Source: Deccan Herald
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