MUMBAI: When ISRO‘s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-Xl (PSLV-X1) lifts off around December 28, 2017, with India’s first private mission to the moon by Team Indus, it promises to be one for the history books.
The reason? It is for the first time in the history of space exploration that a rocket will be flying three rovers. Of the three rovers in this private moon mission, two are from Japan and one belongs to Team Indus.
The PSLV-XL launched 20 satellites in one ‘go’ on June 22, 2016. But this is the first time that it will demonstrate its capability of carrying three rovers placed inside a lander.
“This will go a long way in further enhancing the confidence of the global community in the PSLV,” said an Isro official. Again around January 27, 2017, the powerful rocket will launch 83 satellites in a single mission.