Kolkata: Two researchers from Jadavpur University, Sayan Chatterjee and Dr Amitava Gupta, are working on ISRO’s Moon soft landing project, according to reports. Even though ISRO’s Aditya L1 mission, a probe into the sun’s surface, seems to be delayed due to the rise in COVID-19 pandemic, the space organization isn’t sitting idle. The project is a part of the ISRO’s ‘Respond Programme’ with premier academic institutes of India related to space technologies and sciences.
Chatterjee, Associate Professor of Electronics and Telecommunications and Co-Investigator of the project, said the simulation-based model takes into account the gradual spiral descent during the touchdown of the lander ensuring it does not crash and causes any damage to the sensitive electronics.
The spiralling is planned when the lander touches down during the terminal phase after getting an angular view if there is a rock or boulder at its landing site, he said. “We are doing the designing and simulation part based on our data. We can give an example of a kite that catches prey while flying after getting an angular view of the target. Once the designing part is done with, ISRO will do the fabrication,” Chatterjee was quoted as saying to PTI.
Gupta, a professor at the Department of Power Engineering said the research takes into account proper landing of the lander, looking at the way the lander moves and rotates, and that it does not gain speed all of sudden due to the gravitational pull of the Moon or pulled back and forth by opposing forces. “It is not merely all about the ongoing Chandrayaan series project of ISRO, apart from moon, the soft landing may be of use for ISRO’s mission to other planets,” Gupta said. It is also understood that ISRO through the collaboration has involved undergraduate students as interns, allowing them to work on live projects.