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Moon Impact Probe (MIP)
The impact probe of 35 kg mass will be attached at the top deck of the main orbiter and will be released during the final 100 km x 100 km orbit at a predetermined time to impact at a pre-selected location. During the descent phase, it is spin-stabilized. The total flying time from release to impact on Moon is around 25 minutes.
The primary objective is to demonstrate the technologies required for landing the probe at a desired location on the Moon and to qualify some of the technologies related to future soft landing missions.
Major Objectives:
  • Design, development and demonstration of technologies required for impacting a probe at the desired location on the Moon.
  • Qualify technologies required for future soft landing missions.
  • Scientific exploration of the Moon from close range.
    Payload Configuration Details:
    There will be three instruments on the Moon Impact Probe
  • Radar Altimeter for measurement of altitude of the Moon Impact Probe and for qualifying technologies for future landing missions. The operating frequency band is 4.3 GHz 100 MHz.
  • Video Imaging System for acquiring images of the surface of the Moon during the descent at a close range. The video imaging system consists of analog CCD camera.
  • Mass Spectrometer for measuring the constituents of tenuous lunar atmosphere during descent. This instrument will be based on a state-of-the-art, commercially available Quadrupole mass spectrometer with a mass resolution of 0.5 amu and sensitivities to partial pressure of the order of 10-14 torr.
    The dimension of the impact probe is 375 mm x 375 mm x 470 mm
    MIP System Configuration
    The Moon Impact Probe (MIP) essentially consists of honeycomb structure, which houses all the subsystems and instruments. In addition to the instruments, the separation system, the de-boost spin and de-spin motors, it comprises of the avionics system and thermal control system. The avionics system supports the payloads and provides communication link between MIP and the main orbiter, from separation to impact and provides a database useful for future soft landing.
    The mission envisages collecting all the instrument data during descent and transmits to main orbiter, which in turn will transmit them to the ground station during visible phases.
    Impact Probe Mission Profile
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    MIP payload is developed by ISRO
     
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    Last Update
    11 Nov 2008