Indian startup makes its way to the moon with ‘ludicrous’ rocket launch
By Amit Sharma | Updated January 21, 2020 00:08:18The company that is developing a space-based robotic spacecraft called the Space Rovers has just launched its first rocket from the moon and is now headed towards its target in about two weeks.
Launching the SpaceRovers, a new model of unmanned rocket that is designed to be used on a variety of missions, is a major milestone for the company, which has developed its technology with the support of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The company’s Space Roven will be launched on January 18, 2021.
“We are extremely proud of this launch and we are looking forward to making India the space hub of the world,” said Akshay Bhatia, chairman of Space Rover and co-founder of the company.
The rocket, which will be powered by a single solid rocket motor, is about 3.7 metres in length and will weigh about 2,000 kilograms.
The SpaceRoven will use a lightweight liquid fuel engine and a solid rocket booster to reach the moon.
“We are going to launch the first Space Rove from the lunar surface and then we will explore the moon, Mars and beyond,” Bhatias told reporters at a press conference in New Delhi.
Space Roves have already been successfully launched from the Russian territory of Baikonur, but the first flight will be the first of its kind in India.
“This is our first mission to the Moon,” Bhattias added.
The company will send its first payload to the planet in 2024, with a plan to send back a high-resolution image of the moon in 2021.
The first launch will also take place in 2021, when it will be about one month before the space agency has to send out a mission to Mars.
“The company is very ambitious and we will get there,” said Bhatius.
The rocket will carry three spacecraft and will be propelled by the solid rocket engine that is built in collaboration with aerospace giant Boeing.
Space Rovers are designed to perform several different missions.
Bhatians is working on a mission called Space Roving for the Space Tourism Industry, which aims to offer a virtual tourism experience for a wide range of people in space.
SpaceRoves are also designed to ferry small payloads to other planets, such as Jupiter.
The vehicles will be able to perform some of the more difficult tasks that the space agencies will need to perform.
Space rovers will also be able perform some other missions, such a rendezvous with a comet or to carry astronauts to Mars on a robotic mission.
The companies plans include a mission for NASA to send a robotic probe to the asteroid Bennu in 2021 and the space industry to send astronauts to the International Space Station in 2024.