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A look at the TeamIndus spacecraft that will land on the Moon

An overview of the components and their function

The TeamIndus spacecraft. Seen here are the solar panels (left) and the mounted rover (right).
  1. Spacecraft Bus: The spacecraft bus consists of the structural skeleton, thermal and propulsion systems.
  2. Avionics: This system houses the on-board computer, power and communications systems.
  3. Payloads: Our rover ECA, the Japanese rover Sorato (which we are also carrying) and all the Lab2Moon experiments are the major payloads onboard the spacecraft.

#1: The structure and thermal systems of the spacecraft

The main structure of the spacecraft that ensures the safety of the subsystems and payloads.
1: TeamIndus spacecraft (older version) in the rocket envelope. 2: The intersection ring of the spacecraft that docks to the launch vehicle.

#2: Propulsion system

Bottom view of the spacecraft showing the main engine and the secondary thrusters

#3: Power & Communication systems

Radio frequency bands (in GHz) used for satellite communication. Source: ESA

#4: The on-board computer (OBC)

#5: Payloads

1: TeamIndus rover ECA. 2: Japanese rover Sorato. Source: GLXP

For Science

Full size model of the amazing MoonLIGHT-2 instrument compared to a mouse. The instrument is capable of being laser located and tracked from Mars orbit! Source: INFN




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Jatan Mehta

Space and Moon exploration writer ~ Contributing Editor, The Planetary Society ~ Thinker | Website: