TeamIndus, a private firm in Bangalore, India, is the winner of Google Lunar X-Prize. The competition offers a total of $30 million in prizes to the first privately funded teams to land a robot on the moon.
Their success could be more than what ISRO (INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION) hasn’t done yet.If they rank at first position, they’ll win $20 million and will become the first private company to land on the moon.
Though the company joined 3 years after the Google Lunar X-Prize was launched. Team Indus employs over 100 people and was one of the three teams to win $1 Million for lunar lander technology and on their way to raise uphill of $10 Million.
Now they still have a long way to go, where they will need to secure a launch contract by the end of 2017.
The plan is to launch a spacecraft on an Indian rocket into low Earth orbit (400km approx..) which will later initiate a propulsive maneuver towards the moon.
After Orbit insertion, it will travel to the moon for 3 to 4 times before descent and land onto the surface.
After Successful Touchdown, the rover deploys itself from the parent spacecraft. The Lunar Award requires the rover to maneuver at least 500 meters along the surface and send HD images back to Earth.