I don't think the Russian lander was ever supposed to be launched on an Indian rocket.
I may be totally off-base here, but I have received the impression from Mr Zaks' site and some presentations made by Russian sources recently that the Indian rover is no longer part of Luna-Resurs at all.
- The project "Luna-Resurs" was planned to implement jointly with India. Has anything changed recently? - We sent several requests to the Indian side that we have to change the concept of the lunar program, but the response from them has not yet been received. When they have some kind of response to our proposals, then our cooperation will continue.
I'm confused, if the rover design was finalized, wouldn't it mean that prototyping has already been done?
Bleh, I think antriksh meant that the rover design is still being worked out.The proposed Chandrayaan-2 mission has gone through all sorts of changes and twists and turns since it was first conceived. Originally, it was going to be landed on a Russian lander, but now it looks like ISRO will have to make the lander too. Oh well, should be a good learning exercise.I really wonder why all rovers have 6 wheels, though. It's always seemed like overkill to me, since they never get pushed to their limits. I feel like it should always just be 4 wheels, but with extra motors for redundancy.
ISRO had chosen two wheel rover, but now they have included 2 extra wheels. Initial rover design
Quote from: antriksh on 07/02/2013 02:43 amISRO had chosen two wheel rover, but now they have included 2 extra wheels. Initial rover designTwo wheels!? Haha seems a little less than what sanman was suggesting haha:). Is there a picture for the two wheel rover?
sorry I meant two pairs of wheels
Note that in the rover slide post by antriksh the mention of the LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope). So basically that's supposed to be an Indian-made version of the LIBS system used on Curiosity.Back when Chandrayaan-2 mission was first being proposed, I went and spammed email boxes and web forums with posts about the Curiosity ChemCam, including some Youtube vids posted here on NSF. Clearly the same advantages provided by this instrumentation on a Mars rover would also benefit a lunar rover. If anything, the even stronger lunar vacuum would further reduce laser attenuation and improve range as compared to Mars.I like to think maybe somebody somewhere read what I had to say.