Kerala's contribution to India's ambitious Chandrayaan 2 mission

These six key figures are behind the GSLV MkIII which carries Chandrayaan 2 to its designated orbit.

Published: 15th July 2019 04:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2019 09:34 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It is a news of great pride and happiness to the people of Kerala. Six Malayalis are among those working hard to make India's dream lunar mission a reality.

These six key figures are behind the GSLV MkIII which carries Chandrayaan 2 to its designated orbit. The three-stage vehicle is India’s most powerful launcher to date and is capable of launching 4-tonne class of satellites to the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

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Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MARK-III (GSLV Mk-III)
Height:43.43 m
Lift-off mass: 640 tonnes
Payload Fairing (PLF)
Chandrayaan 2 Composite Module
C25 Cryogenic stage
S200 Solid rocket boosters
L110 liquid stage
Chandrayaan-2’s rover is a six-wheel robotic vehicle, Pragyan, which is Sanskrit for ‘wisdom’. It can travel up to 500 m at a speed of 1 cm per second and uses solar energy to function. It can communicate with the lander.




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