New Delhi: Bangalore-based Team Indus, the only Indian entrant in an international Google contest for landing a rover on the moon, will start its countdown to the space race worth $30 million in prizes with an anthem to be released on Monday.
For the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, the Indian aerospace startup will have to successfully place a robot on the moon that will move around for at least 500 metres and send back high-definition videos and images back to earth.
The anthem for the Indian team composed by music director Ram Sampath. Sona Mohapatra and the band Sanam will sing the anthem #HarIndianKaMoonshot. She said a test would be conducted next month for the robotic launch.
The deadline for the $30-million (about 1946 million rupees) Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge, announced in September 2007, is March 2018.
There are about 120 people involved in the TeamIndus mission of whom 24 are retired ISRO scientists.
Five finalist teams, TeamIndus (India), SpaceIL (Israel), Moon Express (USA), Synergy Moon (International) and HAKUTO (Japan) are in the race, the website said. The grand prize is worth $20 million, and there are two other prizes of $5 million each, it said.