The TeamIndus Spacecraft will be launched aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, popularly known by its acronym, PSLV. The TeamIndus spacecraft is designed to nestle inside the nosecone of a PSLV and is slated to be launched from ISRO’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in late 2017.

The PSLV, in just 12 minutes from launch, will inject the spacecraft into an orbit of 880 km x 70,000 km around the Earth. The spacecraft will then orbit the earth two and half times, raising our apogee – the greatest distance from the Earth in an elliptical Earth orbit – by 10,000 km each time by firing its thrusters.

A manoeuvre called trans lunar injection – TLI – follows, which will help the spacecraft escape the Earth’s gravity and set it in the direction of our closest celestial neighbour. The spacecraft will reach a peak speed of 10.3 km/second and will take seven and half days after trans lunar injection to reach a distance 100 km from the Moon.

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