Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) is planning to deploy a rover on the lunar surface
in the Chandrayaan-2 mission.
The Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon, is a totally
indigenous mission comprising of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover. After
reaching the 100 km lunar orbit, the Lander housing the Rover will
separate from the Orbiter. After a controlled descent, the Lander will
soft land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy a Rover.
The six-wheeled Rover will move around the landing site in
semi-autonomous mode as decided by the ground commands. The instruments
on the rover will observe the lunar surface and send back data, which
will be useful for analysis of the lunar soil. Collection of soil and
rock sediments is not planned in this mission.
ISRO is working towards the launch of Chandrayaan-2 during the first
quarter of 2018.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State
(Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS
PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space,
Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.