Chandrayaan-2: Limbs Of Pragyan Rover Built In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: As the entire world anxiously awaits the launch of Chandrayaan-2, India’s second ever-indigenous lunar mission to the moon, people of Odisha will have a bigger reason to get more excited because of the State’s significant contribution to the ambitious project.

According to sources, the wheels or limbs of spacecraft rover ‘Pragyan’, which will help in the landing mission on moon, were developed at Centre-run Central Tool Room and Training Centre (CTTC) near Infocity in Bhubaneswar. Not only the wheels but also, many other parts of the cryogenic engine of GSLV Mk-III rocket were developed at the capital-based CTTC.

“The manufacturing of the parts for the moon mission was started way back in March, 2016 and more than 100 operators and engineers were deployed in the task,” informed CTTC’s Managing Director Sibasis Maity.

“We have made different components of Chandrayaan-2 which includes 22 types of valves for the liquid propulsion system of the launching vehicle, seven types of assemblies for navigation of the moon satellite. The array drive assembly motor to give solar power to the satellite has also been created in our institute,” said Maity.

CTTC has a unit of 50 people inside ISRO’s headquarters in Bengaluru to test the components of the assembly made in Bhubaneswar.

“The 22 valves attached to GSLV Mk-III rocket controls the fuel while the limbs created by us with special materials and designs will help in the landing on the moon,” said Maity.

“We as well as the entire people of Odisha are looking forward for the success of the mission,” he said.

Chandrayaan-2 will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota onboard heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – Mark III (GSLV Mk III), named as ‘Bahubali’, at 2.51 AM on July 15. The launch will push India into the elite group of four countries who have landed a spacecraft on our nearest celestial neighbour.