India will launch moon mission on Oct. 22nd, 2008

India will be launching a moon mission next month. The mission, known as Chandrayaan-1, is launching approximately 5 years after the Indian government gave it the green light. The spacecraft is a lunar orbiter and will include six Indian and five foreign instruments on board. The launch will take place from the The Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC). The launch vehicle is the PSLV and is described as

The PSLV has four stages using solid and liquid propulsion systems alternately. The first stage is one of the largest solid propellant boosters in the world and carries 138 metric tonnes of Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) binded propellant with a diameter of 2.8 m. The motor case is made of maraging steel. The booster develops a maximum thrust of about 4,430 kN. Six strap-on motors, four of which are ignited on the ground, augment the first stage thrust. Each of these solid propellant strap-on motors carries nine metric tonne of HTPB propellant and produces 677 kN thrust.”   – source:

Indian launch vehicle comparison

Indian launch vehicle comparison

“The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning 2nd moon mission Chandrayaan-2 in 2011. Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) is joining with ISRO for development of Chandrayaan-2 Lander/Rover.

Chandrayaan-2 will consist of the spacecraft and a landing platform with the moon rover.” source:

Chandrayaan-x flights 2-5 are all listed as moon rovers

Chandrayaan-1 Flight Trajectory Poster

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UPDATE OCT. 22Launch was successful.

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4 Responses to India will launch moon mission on Oct. 22nd, 2008

  1. Tejaswy says:

    Nice Work..Keep it up

  2. R2K says:

    It was pretty cheap, about 80 million.

    Now it is time for US to start sending rockets up. A large rockoon could send a probe to the moon.

  3. rocketry says:

    I got this from a reader in India:


    I am Sathya, and i live in Bangalore, India. First of all, let me tell you that i am impressed that the Indian mission features on your site. i thought i might contribute to the news a little.

    Chandrayaan will be flown on an Upgraded and more powerful version of the PSLV, called the PSLV-XL. Its strap-on motors are lengthen by 3.5m to accommodate some 2tonnes extra propellant, and also, the fourth stage is to carry 2.5tonnes instead of the usual 1.5 tonnes. The structure also has a lot of light weight, high strength carbon fibre material to improve efficiency.
    Also, the PSLV has had 10 consecutive successes after its induction. It also holds the world record for launching the most number of satellites. It launched 10 satellites early this year.
    You could also do by posting a high res image of pslv instead of the “comparision” graphic that you have there.

  4. Rita says:


    I noticed a very good article on chandrayaan. The launch is going to b on the 22nd October 2008. Check here for more…

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