A small aircraft will be allowed to breach over the 'no-fly zone' over the ‘Science City’ near Chitradurga, Bengaluru soon to help Indian space scientists to address challenges of landing on the Moon and Mars. This small aircraft will be carrying a special payload-the lander-rover of Chandrayaan-II. The Chandrayann-II is India's second shot at the Moon.
There are more than 1.8 lakh craters on the moon, each craters measuring more than one km, dotting the surface of the earth's nearest astral neighbour.
ISRO scientists will be carrying out this critical test to ensure a landing on even surface ahead of the launch of Chandrayaan-II-an orbiter-lander-rover mission in 2017.
The 20-kg rover will be operating on solar power and move on wheels on the lunar soil. Around the same time as ISRO's test-landing at the 'Science City', DRDO has planned the maiden test flight of Rustom-II, an advanced Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) at the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in another part of the 8,000 acre campus.
According to Space scientists, the orbiter with five instruments on board would circle the Moon at an altitude of 100 km. Three of five instruments would be new, while two others would be improved versions of ones flown on board Chandrayaan-I.
DRDO has planned the maiden test flight of Rustom-II. Rustom-II is an advanced Unmanned Air Vehicle at the Aeronautical Test Range in another part of the 8,000 acre campus.