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India`s moon mission quite economical

Last Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 19:38

Mumbai: India`s moon mission has proved to
be quite economical and cost much less compared to what other
countries have spent on their projects, mission director M
Annadurai said here.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would continue
to check costs in the Chandrayan-II mission as well, he said.

India`s moon mission cost only about one sixth to one
tenth of the cost of similar missions undertaken by European
Space Agency (SMART) or NASA`s LRO or SELENE of Japan or
ChangE of China.

Chandrayaan-I was also unique in carrying 11 scientific
instruments and 60 detectors, Annadurai said at a seminar
organised by National Council of Science Museums yesterday.

The total cost of Chandrayaan-I project including the
ground facilities and launch vehicle was only USD 75 million
(USD 30 million for the payload ) while cost of only payloads
for missions like Japan`s SELENE was USD 480 million, China`s
ChangE at USD 187 million or NASA`s LRO at USD 491 million.

ISRO scientists adopted different technique in the
construction of the payloads to reduce cost. Mechanical
interface and electrical simulations were done in a particular
way before going for actual construction of the flight model.

This enabled scientists and engineers not only to reduce
cost but also to deliver the project in the stipulated
timeframe of four and a half year, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 19:38

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