This is the first time a private company in India is launching a mission to the moon.

Now college students can be a part of Bengaluru start-up Team Indus Moon MissionTeamIndus Moon Mission/Facebook
news Space Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 22:20

An Indian start-up is preparing to launch a private mission to the moon later this year, and interested college students in the country can now be a part of the ambitious project.

As part of its Campus Ambassadors programme, Bengaluru-based space technology start-up Team Indus is inviting applications from bright and passionate minds from the country's colleges to be part of its TeamIndus Moon Mission.

Through its initiative, the organisation wants to inspire youngsters with an interest in the STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields to take up careers in science and space.

"TeamIndus is built on the philosophy of openness. We want this moon mission to be inspiring for every single Indian, particularly the next generation of creators and scientists. Being part of a space mission is something that stays with you and can inspire even higher career trajectories in STEM. Campus Ambassadors is a unique opportunity to be part of a proud and historic legacy of work that will inspire future generations," said Sheelika Ravishankar, Lead – Marketing Strategy and Outreach, TeamIndus.

Students selected as Campus Ambassadors will be given the task to start space clubs in their colleges where like minds can discuss technological advances in aerospace and space science.

Members, including scientists, of Team Indus will also interact and provide inputs to them and a few lucky ones can also bag an opportunity to intern on-site down in the future.

Students can apply on Internshala using the link Ambassador by July 9, 2017.

The Moon Mission

This is the first time a private company in India is launching a mission to the moon, which is slated for launch in December this year. The mission will be launched through ISRO’s PSLV rocket.

Read: This Bengaluru-based space tech startup has launched a mission to the moon

The start-up is also the only Indian entry among the four teams selected in the Google LunarX Prize contest to launch a mission to the moon.

The competition will see the teams trying to successfully land a robot on the moon's surface that will explore at least 500 meters and transmits high- definition media back to Earth.

Over 85 engineers including 15 former ISRO scientists are part of the team working on the project.

It has got financial backing from several big names such as Ratan Tata, Nandan Nilekani, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal and L&T Engineering.

The Economic Times reported that it has "raised $20 million so far in equity funding and another $20 million in payload partnerships (for carrying third-party payloads in the spacecraft)".

Rahul Narayan, co-founder of Team Indus, told HuffPost India, "We see this competition as a test for ourselves. Once we go through this experience we will be able to reach out to other customers and organizations as well. We can share our knowledge in specific areas of spacecraft building too."

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