IIT-Bombay ties up with US university for lunar mission
Srinivas Laxman | TNN | Updated: Jan 4, 2020, 12:32 IST
IIT-Bombay is headed for the moon. The institute has collaborated with Nasa-funded Colorado Space Grant Consortium of University of Colorado at Boulder for the purpose.
Speaking to TOI at IIT-B’s annual Techfest on Friday, project manager Anmol Sikka and assistant project manager Sanskriti Bhansali said the IIT lunar mission is part of IIT-Bombay Student Satellite Project. “We are a part of this endeavour,” said Bhansali. They said the provisional plan envisages 500 Luna Sats designed and developed by students from all over the world to fly to the moon. Spacecraft made by IIT-B will be one of them. The size of the spacecraft is 5cm x 5cm with a thickness of 1-2mm. The launch is slated for 2022, which will mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon. — Srinivas Laxman