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Re: Team Indus Lunar Lander/Rover - PSLV-XL - December 28, 2017
« Reply #80 on: 07/30/2017 06:35 AM »
According to this report, Team Indus moon mission seems to have slipped to the early 2018. ISRO Chairman confirms that Team Indus has signed an agreement with ISRO's commercial arm Antrix to launch its moon missiion.

Source : India to see launch of 2 moon missions in early 2018

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Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission, an advanced version of its previous 2018 mission with the objective of deeper lunar surface probe, and another mission by Team Indus, a group of space enthusiasts who want to unfurl the tricolour on the moon's surface as part of a global lunar competition.

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Team Indus, comprising mostly young engineers and led by IIT-Delhi alumnus Rahul Narayan, is planning the mission as part of a global contest to win $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, which stipulates the rover of a competing team has to move 500 metre on the moon's surface and should be able to beam back high-definition images back to Earth.

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Confirming the use of PSLV service for the Team Indus project, Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar told TOI, "Team Indus has signed an agreement with Antrix (Isro's commercial arm) for using the launch service of PSLV."

Explaining the difference between the two missions, the Isro chairman said, "Both the missions are scientifically and technically totally different. Even the instruments used in the two spacecrafts will be different. There is no question of any comparison."

Team Indus is using the service of PSLV to take its 600-kg baby spacecraft to the lunar orbit.

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Re: Team Indus Lunar Lander/Rover - PSLV-XL - December 28, 2017
« Reply #81 on: 07/30/2017 06:49 AM »
This would eliminate both Team Indus and Hakuto (which are supposed to launch together) from contention, as the missions are required by the Google Lunar XPRIZE committee to launch by the end of 2017.

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Re: Team Indus Lunar Lander/Rover - PSLV-XL - December 28, 2017
« Reply #82 on: 07/30/2017 03:16 PM »
General question - with all these (not surprising) schedule shifts to the right, what are the odds the deadline also gets shifted a few months months into 2018?
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Re: Team Indus Lunar Lander/Rover - PSLV-XL - December 28, 2017
« Reply #83 on: 07/30/2017 05:16 PM »
General question - with all these (not surprising) schedule shifts to the right, what are the odds the deadline also gets shifted a few months months into 2018?
In one X-Prize in the past the deadline was not met thus no monetary award was issued although they were allowed to complete the final milestones. The same may happen here.

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Re: Team Indus Lunar Lander/Rover - PSLV-XL - December 28, 2017
« Reply #84 on: 07/30/2017 07:22 PM »
"what are the odds the deadline also gets shifted a few months into 2018?"

While there is still a slim chance that one team might get off the ground in 2017, no change would be likely.  But if by about October it is obvious nobody can make it before the end of the year, a change would become more feasible.  From a PR point of view, cancelling the contest a month before launch would look worse than a small extension.  From a competition management point of view it might be the other way round, but the lesson should probably be applied to future competitions rather than forced onto this one.

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Re: Team Indus Lunar Lander/Rover - PSLV-XL - December 28, 2017
« Reply #86 on: 08/07/2017 10:34 AM »
This will put isro to shame if it suceeds. Cant imagine isro is too thrilled about the possiblity of being upstaged.

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Re: Team Indus Lunar Lander/Rover - PSLV-XL - December 28, 2017
« Reply #87 on: 08/09/2017 01:29 PM »
This will put isro to shame if it suceeds. Cant imagine isro is too thrilled about the possiblity of being upstaged.

I guess competition is good & potentially push ISRO to up its game also.

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Re: Team Indus Lunar Lander/Rover - PSLV-XL - December 28, 2017
« Reply #88 on: 08/09/2017 04:54 PM »
The missions are very different, so apart from landing first, I don't think any upstaging is likely.  It might be the other way round - Indus 'warms up the crowd' as a prelude to the ISRO mission.  Of course, if the first mission succeeds and the second crashes things will not look so good.  It's particularly interesting that the two launches look like being fairly close together, just a few months apart, possibly.  So chances to work together on outreach would be there if anyone wanted to take advantage of them.  Somehow I suspect that might be difficult, which would be a shame.