India’s Chandrayaan 2 Will Have A Budget Less Than Avengers Endgame Movie: This Is How It Will Be Done!
The Indian Space Research Organization has huge plans of scripting history for the world and that is through the second moon mission, Chandrayaan 2.
Chandrayaan 2 is the successor of the Chandrayaan 1 mission, which confirmed the existence of water on the moon. The successor will be making an attempt to soft-land a lander and a rover in a high plain between two craters.
But that is not the only intriguing part of this mission. The whole mission will be winding up in about less than half the budget of the popular Hollywood movie, Avengers Endgame, and this is why we hold ISRO on a pedestal!
Chandrayaan 2 To Be Cheaper than Interstellar and Avengers Endgame
ISRO has always grabbed headlines for heading, launching and completing space missions in unbelievably limited resources. The most ambitious space mission, Chandrayaan 2, is no exception to this.
The moon mission of Chandrayaan 2 has cost around $124 million, which is less than half the budget of the Avengers Endgame movie, whose budget was $356 million. It is also less than the total budget of another Hollywood movie, Interstellar, which was around $165 million.
Previously too, ISRO’s mission to Mars was cheaper than the total budget of the space movie, Gravity ($100 million).
ISRO chairman, Dr K Sivan talked about the low budget of the mission, saying, “Simplifying the system, miniaturising the complex big system, strict quality control and maximising output from a product make our space missions frugal and cost-effective.”
He also said that a close watch is being kept on the development of a spacecraft and rocket, which contributes to the low quantity of wastage. This, in turn, reduces the overall cost of the mission.
Launch of Chandrayaan 2 Scheduled
The launch of Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled to happen soon, during the span of 9 July to July 16 of this year, while the landing on the moon will probably be on September 6, 2019.
It will launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, and it has three modules: Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).
ISRO said, “After launch into Earth-bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach Moon orbit using the Orbiter propulsion module. Subsequently, Lander will separate from the Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site, close to the lunar South Pole.”
We wish all the best to ISRO’s most ambitious space mission, Chandrayaan 2, and hope it will make India proud once again!