The entire mission will cost ISRO Rs 800 crore, while Interstellar cost Rs 1,062 crore ($165 million).

On October 22, 2008, India’s first mission to Moon Chandrayaan-1 was launched successfully from Sriharikota. Almost 10 years after that historic moment, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to land its Chandrayaan-2 on the Moon in April, and interestingly, the mission will be cheaper than Hollywood’s 2014 blockbuster science fiction “Interstellar”.

The entire mission will cost ISRO Rs 800 crore, while the Hollywood blockbuster cost Rs 1,062 crore ($165 million), reported The Times of India. Similarly, in 2014, India stunned the world when it triumphed with its unmanned spacecraft (Mangalyaan) reaching Mars at a cost of $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million spent by the NASA on similar missions – and far cheaper than the budget of the Hollywood space blockbuster “Gravity”.

“This is less than one-tenth of what the US has spent on their Mars mission Maven,” S Arunan, the mission’s project director, had then said.

The cost-effectiveness of the missions indeed turned out to be the highlight of the projects, almost eclipsing the other aspects.

So, how does India’s space agency cut cost?

“The ISRO pursues the indigenisation programme for critical components and materials with industry participation to reduce the dependence on import. The Indian industry is contributing significantly in the designing, manufacturing and testing of components and material as well as sub-systems as per ISRO’s requirements,” a scientist working with the ISRO told Outlook on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to speak to the media.

ALSO READ:  Chandrababu Naidu 'Dumped Modi And NDA', Can He Get The 'Status' TO AP Is The 'Big Question'?

He added that cost is a factor kept in mind since inception of a project. “India is a country where we can’t think of spending lavishly such as the NASA or the European Space Agency. India can’t spend hefty amounts on scientific exploratory missions,” he said.

Reusing the same tried-and-tested workshorse PSLV for multiple missions also helps keep launch budget under tight leash.

Speaking to TOI, ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan said: “We keep strict vigil on every stage of spacecraft’s development, therefore, we are able to avoid wastage of products.”

Another senior scientist working at the Indian space organisation told Outlook that India spends around $1.2 billion a year on its space programme, while in comparison, the NASA had a budget of more than $20 billion till last year.

Significantly, in the 2018-19 Union Budget, a sum of Rs 230.10 crore was allocated for undertaking space science missions and interplanetary expeditions under which the Department of Space has to deliver: Indian lunar mission/Chandrayaan-2; readiness of two sub-systems for Aditya-L1 mission; 35 publications from space science missions; release of two terabyte of space science-related data to public utilisation; 250 research projects in academia supported through ISRO programmes.

ALSO READ:  Why TRS Senior MLA 'Harish Rao' Restricted As 'Village Leader'?

In India, the cost of hiring talents are far less compared with the West.

“Engineers in India cost much less than those in the US. The approximate annual income of an aeronautical engineer in the United States is just under $105,000, whereas in India, the higher end of the scale for engineers there is less than $20,000,” a scientist told Outlook.

He also said while scientists in foreign organizations are hired before a particular project begins at hefty contracts, the ISRO designates its permanent employees ahead of a project or a mission. This makes the entire mission much cheaper.

The TOI report added that unlike the NASA’s Apollo and Russia’s Luna missions where the rover landed on the equatorial region of the moon, the ISRO is planning to land the Chandrayaan-2 rover near the South Pole.

“We have identified two locations and will be choosing one. No other moon mission has landed in this area,” Dr Sivan said.

ALSO READ:  ‍Why ‍‍‍GHMC 'Mayor Election' On Bad Of 'Amavasya' Day?

“We have chosen the landing site near the South Pole as it has big rocks that are billions of years old. Analysing these rocks and the surface will help us explore the moon better and enrich our understanding of the universe,” the ISRO chairman said

The mission is planned to be launched to the Moon by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) comprises an orbiter, lander and a rover.

“After reaching the moon’s orbit, the lander will get detached from the orbiter and do a soft-landing near the South Pole of the Moon. The 6-wheeled rover fixed within the lander will get detached and move on the lunar surface. The rover has been designed in such a way that it will have power to spend a lunar day or 14 Earth days on the moon’s surface and walk up to 150-200 km. It will do several experiments and on-site chemical analysis of the surface,” Sivan added.

He also said if everything goes according the plan, this mission on the Moon will be completed in 14 Earth days, that’s just enough time for the Moon to make one full orbit around our planet. #KhabarLive

Previous articleAP’s Araku ‘MP Geeta’ Claims To Have Got ‘25,000 Crore Fund’ From Center
Next articleNowadays, An ‘Old-Fashioned’ Take On ‘Love’
A senior journalist having 25 years of experience in national and international publications and media houses across the globe in various positions. A multi-lingual personality with desk multi-tasking skills. He belongs to Hyderabad in India. Ahssanuddin's work is driven by his desire to create clarity, connection, and a shared sense of purpose through the power of the written word. His background as an writer informs his approach to writing. Years of analyzing text and building news means that adapting to a reporting voice, tone, and unique needs comes as second nature.


  1. I just want to say I am newbie to blogs and truly savored your blog. Almost certainly I’m planning to bookmark your blog . You actually have remarkable writings. Thanks a lot for revealing your webpage.

  2. Since 1998, Clean Services Northwest company has been offering window cleaning, window washers, window cleaners to companies, businesses and organizations in the greater Portland Metro Area, providing quality property maintenance services at a fair price. Clean Services Northwest specializes in window cleaning, pressure washing, carpet cleaning, and gutter cleaning. They also perform other specialized maintenance tasks, such as roof cleaning, vent cleaning, and construction cleanup. Our technicians will have your building or facility looking great, whether we have left the glass sparkling, the concrete brightened, the flooring spotless, or all of the above. Visit us at or Clean Services Northwest, 8910 SE Fuller Rd, Happy Valley, OR 97086, USA

  3. Might be mostly unattainable to find well-updated parties on this area, however , you look like you realize exactly what you’re posting on! Cheers

  4. I just want to inform you you that I am new to blogging and completely adored your report. Likely I am inclined to remember your blog post . You seriously have great article materials. Value it for telling with us your current website article

  5. Hi folks here, just became familiar with your blog site through Search engines like google, and found that it’s quite entertaining. I’ll appreciate should you continue this post.

  6. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Superb work!

  7. I have been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  8. Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing a few months of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any solutions to stop hackers?

  9. Fantastic blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any tips? Thanks!

  10. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog? My website is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my users would genuinely benefit from some of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this okay with you. Regards!

  11. First off I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Many thanks!

  12. Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my visitors would appreciate your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

  13. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everybody else encountering issues with your website. It appears like some of the text in your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them too? This might be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen before. Many thanks

  14. Excellent blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations? Cheers!

  15. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  16. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics? Thanks a lot!

  17. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to enhance my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  18. I have been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  19. magnificent put up, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite specialists of this sector do not notice this. You should continue your writing. I’m confident, you have a great readers’ base already!

  20. You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  21. Hi there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this website.

  22. Google

    Very few websites that take place to be comprehensive beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well really worth checking out.

Comments are closed.