Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 9-12 Feb 2018

India Chandrayaan-2 Updated Details On Lunar South Pole Landing

ISRO Chairman K Sivan Confirms April Launch From Sriharikota Satish Dhawan For GSLV MK2 / 3,290-kg Chandrayaan-2 Carrying Orbiter, Lander, Rover To Land ~600 km From Lunar South Pole, ~70° S, Between Craters Manzinus C And Simpelius N; 6-Wheeled Rover Will Have Solar Power For 1 Lunar Day (14 Earth Days), Ability To Travel Up To 200 Meters While Performing In-Situ Surface Chemical Analysis, Experiments, Observations That Could Be Relayed To Earth Within 15 Minutes; May Pave Way For Future Lunar Habitation Says Project Manager Muthayya Vanitha

Credits: ISRO, NASA, LRO

Wednesday / 24 Jan 2018

Chandrayaan-2 To Attempt India 1st Touchdown On Another World

Chandrayaan-2 (Sanskrit “Moon Vehicle”) Indigenous US$93M Mission Consisting Of Orbiter, Lander, Rover At 3,250 kg Expected To Launch March-April On GSLV Mk 2; Orbiter To Maintain 100-km Lunar Polar Orbit; Mission Will Collect Data From Water-Ice, Lunar Topography, Mineralogy, Elements, Exosphere; Solar Powered 20-kg Rover Has 3D Vision, Laser-Induced Breakdown And Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectroscopes; Project Director Mylswamy Annadurai States 1,250-kg Lander To Take First On-Site Measurements Near South Pole Region With First Of Its Kind Radio Anatomy Instrument (RAMBHA)

Image Credits: ISRO

New Year 2018 Edition
Fri-Thur / 22 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018

2018 Could See Historic 1st Moon South Pole Landings, 1st Commercial Landings, While NASA LRO Continues FlagShip Mission

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter With 7 Instruments Providing Highest Resolution Data Ever At A Rate Of ~440 Gigabits Image Data Per Day – Is Now 8.5 Years Into Mission In Eccentric Polar Mapping Orbit (20-km Altitude South Pole, 165-km North Pole), Planned To Operate Through 2018 – Which May Be Most Favorable Year For Lunar Landings Since 1972; Chandrayaan 2 Moon South Pole Lander / Rover By India Set To Launch During Q1 2018; China Planning Chang’e-4 Far-Side Orbiter Launch May 2018, Followed By Far-Side South Pole Lander / Rover Oct 2018; Five Independent International Enterprises Look To Win Google Lunar XPrize, Aiming To Launch / Land On Moon Before 31 Mar 2018

Credits: NASA, LRO, ISRO, CNSA, SPC

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 15-18 Dec 2017

ISRO & Team Indus Preparing 2018 Q1 Launches Of India First Lunar Landers

ISRO Chandrayaan-2 Slated For March 2018 1st Deep-Space Launch Of GSLV Mk 2 Rocket; Its Lunar Orbiter To Carry 1st L-Band Radar Mapper To Orbit Moon; ~3.5-m Tall Lander To Cut Off Engine 2 Meters Above Surface For 1st Ever Landing Near Lunar South Pole; “Radio Anatomy Of Moon Bound Hypersensitive Ionosphere & Atmosphere” Probe To Measure Near-Surface Plasma – Implications For Lunar Dust Levitation & Future Astronomy; Chandrayaan-2 Total Cost US$93M; Commercial Team Indus Looking To Find Another US$35M For Launch On PSLV Rocket By March GLXP Deadline

Pictured: ISRO Chief Kiran Kumar; Credits: All in One, Team Indus

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 13-16 Oct 2017

Busiest Year For Moon Landings Since 1970s:
2018 India And China Lunar Lander Plans

India Chandrayaan-2 Lander, Rover & Orbiter Expected To Launch To Moon Polar Region March 2018 On GSLV Mk 2; China Chang’e-3 Lander Still Operating On Moon Surface Could See CE-4 Orbiter May-Jun 2018, Followed By Lander / Rover In Oct To Far Side, And CE-5 Sample Return Mission To NW Near-Side Before End Of 2018; New Chapter In Commercial Space For India, GLXP Team Indus Carrying Japan Team Hakuto Planning To Launch On PSLV Early 2018 To Attempt Moon Landing; Enterprises Moon Express, Synergy Moon, SpaceIL Also Working To Win GLXP With Mission Completion Deadline Set Mar 31, 2018

Credits: ISRO, CNSA, NAOC, CAS, ME, GLXP, et al

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 6-9 January 2017

China And India Next-Gen Moon Missions, Planning For Mars, Venus, Jupiter

China CE-5 Sample Return Mission To Launch Late 2017; CE-4 Orbiter To Support Moon South Pole / Far Side Aitken Basin Lander & Rover Mission Launching 2018; Chief Lunar Scientist Ouyang Ziyuan Says Precise Lunar Digital Map And 4.36 x 2.2 Meter Drawing To Be Finished 2018, Released 2020; First China Mars Probe Expected 2020, Jupiter Exploration To Follow; India Chandrayaan-2 Moon Orbiter, Lander & Rover Likely 2018 For Polar Mission To Study Atmosphere, Temperature, Plasma Environment; ISRO Associate Director M. N. Rao Says Its Planning Cost Effective Jupiter & Venus Missions, Analyzing Satellites & Rockets Needed; Mars Orbiter 2 To Launch 2018; Team Indus To Launch Two Lunar Rovers On PSLV Late 2017

Credits: ISRO, CAS, NASA

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 11-14 November 2016

India Chandrayaan-2 Landing Tests Underway For 2017-18 Lunar Mission, Possibly To Moon South Pole

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ISRO Performing Chandrayaan-2 Ground & Aerial Tests At Challakere “Science City” Site With 10 Craters Simulating Lunar Surface ~400 km From Bengaluru; ISRO Satellite Center & Chandrayaan-1 Project Director M. Annadurai States Sensors, Avionics, Electronics, Lander Legs, 8 Throttleable Engines To Be Tested Through March 2017, Followed By Full Combined Test; GSLV Mk 2 To Launch Orbiter Carrying 1,250 kg Lander & Rover End 2017 Or Early 2018; India 2nd Moon Mission, Chandrayaan-2 Destination May Be Moon South Pole / Malapert Mountain, Which Could Make India 1st To Land In & Explore New Frontier

Credits: ISRO, The Hindu

Friday / 9 September 2016

India GSLV Mk 2, May Take Chandrayaan-2 To New Frontier Moon South Pole, Performs 3rd Successful Flight

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During 1-2 Sep Meetings With ILOA, Former ISRO Chair Prof UR Rao (L) Confirms Likelihood That Chandrayaan-2 Is Destined To Open Moon South Pole / Malapert Mountain New Frontier, Launching 1st Half 2018 With Lander, Rover, Orbiter; GSLV Mk 2 With Indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage Proving Its Reliability With 8 Sep 16:50 Launch, Boosting India Capability / Launch Independence; 3 Future Flights Planned: SAARC Satellite End 2016 / Beginning 2017, GSAT-9 Satellite May 2017, Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Early / 1st Half 2018; GSLV Mk 3 Expected To Carry Human Missions

Also Pictured: ISRO Chairman Aluru Seelin Kiran Kumar

Credit: ILOA, ISRO

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 29 Jul – 1 Aug 2016

India Technology Vision 2035 Report Recognizes Massive Game-Changing Potential Of Moon, Space Mining

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Executive Director of Technology Information, Forecasting And Assessment Council (TIFAC) Prabhat Ranjan Expects Realization Of Extra-Terrestrial Mining Within 10-15 Years; Highlights “Mineral Wealth” Of The Moon And Echoes NASA Estimate Of Main Asteroid Belt Value Of  US$100B Per Person On Earth; References Pending USA Approval Of Moon Express Mission, Notes India Need To Get Going Or Risk Being Left Behind; ISRO Chandrayaan-2 Advancing For 2018 Launch By GLSV-MK2; TIFAC Is Autonomous Organization (Est. 1988) Under Department Of Science & Technology 

Credit: TIFAC, NASA

Thursday / 12 May 2016

India Launch Business Booming, USA Companies Missing Out As Feds Continue Export Restrictions

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Affordable, Reliable PSLV Launch Opportunities For Commercial US Spacecraft Obstructed By Federal Policy Protecting US Launch Companies From ‘Unfair Market Competition’; India Department Of Space Secretary K Radhakrishnan Cites Possible Waiver Opening By US For Scientific, Educational (Non-Commercial) Missions; About 60% Of PSLV Launches In Last Decade Were For International Customers; ISRO Commercial Arm Antrix Achieved US$280M Revenue (Profit Of $30M) For 2014-15; GSLV Being Commercialized In Near Future, Will Carry Chandrayaan 2 Mission In 2017 / 2018

Credit: ISRO, ILOA