- ISRO created moon-like soil for testing Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan
- ISRO applied on 15 May 2014, since then the patent will be valid for 20 years
May 20, 2020, 03:55 PM IST
Chennai. The Indian Space Agency (ISRO) has got a patent for the moon-like clay making technology. During the landing of Chandrayaan-2, ISRO had prepared a moon-like surface in India. Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan were tested on this.
On May 18, the Indian Patent Office granted a patent for this technology to ISRO. ISRO applied for the patent on 15 May 2014. The patent will be valid for 20 years from the date of application.
These scientists had discovered the technique
ISRO researchers I Venugopal, SA Kannan, Shamrao, V Chandra Babu played a big role in finding the technique of making the soil like the moon. The research team included S Anabazhagan, S Arivazhagan, CR Paramasivam and M Chinnamuthu Tiruchirappalli's Muthukumaran of the National Institute of Technology from the Department of Geology, Periyar University, Tamil Nadu.
Buying from America would be a very expensive deal
M Annadurai, director of ISRO's UR Satellite Center (URSC), told the news agency, “The surface of the moon and the Earth is completely different. So we have to make artificial soil for testing of lander and rover, which looks exactly like the surface of the moon.
He said that buying materials like moon soil from America would prove to be a very expensive deal and ISRO needed about 70 tonnes of soil. Therefore it was necessary to find a permanent solution. ”
Used Salem in Tamil Nadu
Annadurai stated that there are rocks called Salem, Tamil Nadu, which correspond to rocks on the moon. Scientists first brewed those rocks and then brought them to Bangalore. Here it was changed in terms of the lunar surface and then prepared the testing site. This soil meets the lunar surface and also matches the samples brought from the moon through Apollo-16.
There are two types of surface on the moon
The surface of the moon is of two types. The first is called Highland. Its soil was prepared by ISRO. 83 percent of the Moon belongs to Highland. This surface contains more aluminum and calcium.
The second is the mayor. The inner surface of the black pits seen on the moon is called the mayor. It contains iron, magnesium and titanium. There are very few countries that have artificially created the highland surface of the moon in their country.