India plans to mine the moon for nuclear fuel

  • India plans to mine the moon for nuclear fuel

India plans to mine the moon for nuclear fuel

The isotope, abundant on the moon, could theoretically meet global energy demands for three to five centuries. India's space program is planning a trip to the south side of the moon, where it will look for a waste-free source of nuclear energy that could power the world for coming centuries, according to a Bloomberg report. I just do not want to be a part of them, I want them to lead.

Rakesh Sharma, a famous Indian space traveller, said that even if India reaches the moon first, one cannot draw boundaries there.

Mission will strengthen India's position between Mars, the fleet of Mars and explorers moving forward for scientific, commercial or military benefits.

Startups and billionaires entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are also competing to launch satellites, robotic landers, astronauts and tourists into the space. The government has yet to set a timeframe.

Dr. Sivan further adds, "We are ready and waiting".

"We are prepared and pausing", said Mr. Sivan, an air transportation design who joined ISRO in 1982. India's first lunar mission, an orbiter, with help from an instrument contributed by NASA, increased our picture of the extent of water ice on the Moon.

Indian onlookers watch as the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) GSAT-6A communications satellite launches on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on March 29, 2018.

ISRO's estimated budget is less than a 10th of that - about $1.7 billion - but accomplishing feats on the cheap has been a hallmark of the agency since the 1960s.

India is preparing its second mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2, for launch later this year, to continue its lunar exploration program.

However, even if ISRO finds helium-3 on the moon, there are obstacles that need to be addressed before it can be utilised. Chandrayaan-1 craft, launched in October 2008, was completed more than 3,400 orbits and pulled out an investigation that first discovered water molecules in the surface.

The upcoming launch called Chandrayaan-2 will include an orbiter, lander and a rectangular rover and cover an area with a 400-meter radius. It will collect information for at least 14 days and send images to the lander, to be transmitted back to ISRO for analysis. However, the primary goal is to find a deposit of helium-3.

Like earth, the moon is not protected by the magnetic field and therefore it contains ample quantities of helium-3 due to the solar winds.

After the Apollo missions, the presence of helium-3 was confirmed in the moon samples that returned with the Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who is also a geologist.

A lot of countries and companies are keen on exploiting helium-3, which scientists hope could be used in a kind of nuclear fusion that doesn't create radioactive waste.

"The nations which have the ability to convey that source from the moon to Earth will manage the procedure", said K. Sivan, administrator of ISRO. He also estimated that the value of a ton of helium-3 would be nearly $5 billion.