IIT Kanpur Develops Mapping Generation Software for ISRO’s Lunar Mission Chandrayaan 2

The scientists of ISRO – Indian Space Research Organisation are deep down and busy with the last minute preparations of the second moon mission – Chandrayan 2, on 15th July 2019. These scientists are being helped by the great minds at IIT Kanpur, who have helped them to map and plan the software for this ambitious mission to the moon.

As per the reports, the software that is being developed at IIT Kanpur is going to help the rover in movement and its route to the surface of the moon.

The mastermind behind this software is Professor Ashish Datta and Professor KS Venkatesh. These professors are from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, respectively.

This is the first time that the lunar rover software has been designed and developed in the country. This step of making the software in the country has given a new landmark in terms of technology which was long awaited. The software made by IIT professors was first approved by ISRO.

The rover that will be fitted with the software is going to trace for water and other minerals on the surface of the moon. It will also send appropriate pictures directly to the laboratory for assistance in further research.

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How will the software work?

The software that is going to be installed in the rover will work on a 20-watt solar battery. It will also assist the rover while drilling the surface for minerals and water traces. A maximum of 15 trials can be conducted to trace water and other chemicals.

What is the Purpose of Chandrayaan-2 Mission?

This is going to be the second mission to the moon for India. The scientists at ISRO believe that there are huge water traces on the moon and this mission is aimed at exploring those areas which have never been traversed before. The discoveries made on this mission are aimed to benefit India and mankind.

With intense scientific research along with the development of technology for almost a decade, the mission focuses on an understanding of the origin of the moon through comprehensive studies and analysis on the lunar surface.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission is scheduled to be launched on 15th July at 2:51 AM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota via rocket GSLV Mk III (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – Mark III), also nicknamed as ‘Bahubali’. The Lander is expected to land on the South Pole of the moon on 6th September.

Source: Zee News


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