Bengaluru, February 8: On Tuesday India’s privately owned space firm Team Indus initiated a bus named ‘Moonshot Wheels’ which aims to educate rural children about its space missions and its lunar landing program. ‘Moonshot Wheels’ which aims to inspire the next generation about India’s first private mission.Team Indus initiated this program in collaboration with Agastya International Foundation. Agastya International Foundation is dedicated to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) alive for children. The owner of Tata Group, Mr. Ratan Tata flagged off ‘Moonshot Wheels’ on Tuesday in Bengaluru. The bus will cross over 9 states covering the distance of around 12,500 Kms in 12 months. This will cater around 36000 students from the government schools.
The officials of the foundation said that the bus will contain 16 experiments including live satellite tracking, models of spacecraft, lunar rover, and several other sciences wonders. The members of Team Indus believed that this initiative will generate curiosity among the students and will give rise to new budding future space scientists.
Rahul Narayan, Fleet Commander from Team Indus said that “Moonshot Wheels is an important manifestation of our commitment to making this Mission, #HarIndianKaMoonshot. Our foundation will continue initiatives like this and Lab2Moon to ignite passion for STEM in the next generation.” Ramji Raghavan, Chairman of Agastya International Foundation, said that the organisation is happy to partner with the Indian space startup in such an initiative which is targeted towards the students studying in government schools.
Priyanka Narayan, chief functionary of the foundation, said each child will get an opportunity to experience and understand the making of a space mission and its underlying technologies. They will interact with rocket scientists as well as the rest of the team behind India’s first private Moon Mission, she said.
TeamIndus is one the Indian privately owned space firm is stepping ahead likewise ISRO is making efforts to foster participation of Indian industries for manufacturing of space related hardware. Rocket engines, propellant tanks, spacecraft structures, electronic packages, thermal control systems, solar panels and other launch vehicles will be enhanced and used n ISRO.