India has officially stated that next year it plans to launch to the moon your own robot. It was recently completed construction of a giant antenna (diameter 32 meters) required for the automatic control of the module during the space mission. Thus, India will fall in line with the few countries that are able to conduct serious investigations of deep space.
According to the Indian space agency, Moon Mission, called Chandrayaan-1, will run for two years and will be monitored and controlled from Earth from Byalalu (45 km from Bangalore - the capital of Karnataka). Ground infrastructure deals with the Indian Space Research Organization (Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO).
Terrestrial network will be used to transmit commands and receive telemetry signals, as well as to produce large amounts of scientific data from the spacecraft. After spending nearly $ 25 million for the construction of such a network, India, along with the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Russia will be able to conduct large-scale space exploration.
Home mission Chandrayaan-1 is scheduled for April 2008. The spacecraft will operate in the orbit of the moon at a distance of 385,000 miles from Earth. In addition to the first robotic mission in 2008 (with a budget of 100 million dollars) in 2012, planned the second such mission. In addition, in 2008, will be announced the launch date a man into space.
The ground station will also serve as a basis for future interplanetary research, such as, for example, missions to Mars. Another application of the terrestrial network will service the Space Telescope Astrosat, designed to search for galaxy clusters, new stars and unusual cosmic phenomena beyond the Milky Way. Interesting science and technology news only on pages of our portal.
On materials: isro.org