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A bunch of co-founders are excited — there’s no reason for them not to be. Team Indus — their startup — is now officially eligible to be the first team from India to send a spacecraft to the moon. Team Indus, India’s only entry for Google Lunar XPRIZE, last week signed a verified commercial launch contract with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for its mission. Soft landing on the moon has been done by only three countries so far — the US, Russia and China. Funded with USD 15 million, Team Indus has designed a spacecraft and has announced a launch window for the same.
The journey will start on December 28, 2017. The polar satellite launch vehicle will inject a spacecraft into an orbit 880 km x 70,000 km around the earth. The spacecraft will then undertake a 21-day journey to soft land in Mare Imbrium, a region in north-western hemisphere of the moon.