ABOUT TEAM INDUS
New world thinking for tomorrow’s challenges .
TeamIndus is engineering path-breaking solutions that take on critical challenges for humanity.
Statement of Purpose: We believe that tomorrow’s solutions will come when we break away from the dogmas of the past, collaborate by questioning what is and merge the old with the new in inspiring ways. Our definition of team is slightly different than most. Imagine the brightest and youngest scientific minds. Imagine their passion infused with the knowledge of those who have been there and done that. Imagine if we untethered them to co-create, collaborate and come together. Imagine if they applied their learnings to to create a better world. Imagine what they could achieve.
The questions that keeps us awake are
Why shouldn’t space be accessible to everyone?
How better can we unlock space for the benefit of all of humankind?
Can the world come together for a mission to space?
As a winner of the Google Lunar XPRIZE Milestone Prize we have shown proof of concept. This is only the beginning. We realise that our approach must be applied to many of the world’s problems. Because TeamIndus believes that the further we go the more we inspire change.
Our spacecraft will be housed inside the nosecone of a ISRO’s PSLV and to be launched from Sriharikota in late 2017.
The PSLV, in just 12 minutes from launch, will take the spacecraft to an orbit of 880 km x 70,000 km around the earth.
After going two and half times around the earth, raising our apogee by 10,000 km each time by firing the thrusters on our spacecraft, a manoeuvre called trans lunar injection - TLI - that will help the spacecraft escape the earth’s gravity will set it in the direction of the moon.
The spacecraft will reach its peak speed of 10.3 km/second and will take seven and half days to reach a distance of 100 km from the Moon. It will then decelerate to be for what we call the lunar orbit capture - a complicated manoeuvre which would result in the spacecraft being caught by the Moon’s gravity.
The thrusters are then fired to decelerate while orbiting around the moon getting closer to the lunar surface every time.
Landing is completely autonomous, and will be controlled by software on board the spacecraft which would use data collected from laser sensors to guide the spacecraft as it decelerates and descents.
The landing site is Mare Imbrium, latin for Sea of Showers, a vast dusty area on the Moon. The spacecraft will be scheduled to land just at the break of the lunar dawn, to help make the most of the lunar day.
Once we land, we will first connect back to earth with the help of our pan tilt mechanism, deploy the rover, and beam back high definition lunar images
THE MOON IS THE PRIZE
The $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration.
To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth.
In the running to be the first privately funded spacecraft on the moon is TeamIndus’ quadropod. The technology TeamIndus designed and developed for the spacecraft has already been validated by the Google Lunar XPrize, with the award of a $1million milestone prize in 2014, after it underwent intense vibration and landing tests. It will weigh 600 kg at takeoff and will use up nearly two thirds of its weight in propellent for its journey to the moon.
The spacecraft houses a cube with the names of all who were part of Million2Moon, the main rocket engine, sixteen thrusters, a propellent tank, an oxidiser tank, the TeamIndus MoonRover codenamed ECA, commercial payload, experimental payload and an experiment designed by students as part of Lab2Moon.
The all aluminium, four wheel drive, all terrain rover - codenamed ECA - is everyone’s favourite TeamIndus member. This 10 kg rover will be powered by solar energy and will house cameras including from the French Space Agency CNES.
Designed and developed by TeamIndus, the wheels have been rigorously tested by simulating lunar conditions. The pan tilt mechanism which will maximise the movement of the rover head and the light weight mechanism on the wheels which helps it ride over the toughest of lunar conditions without a suspension adding to the weight of the rover are among the many technological highlights.