A new success: On collaboration in space programmes

Syllabus: GS- III, Subject: Science and Technology, Topic: Space Technology, Issue: Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) programme

Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) programme

  • NASA is funding instruments onboard commercial missions to the moon.
  • Under this program, U.S.-based Intuitive Machines (IM) became the first private company to soft-land a robotic craft (Odyssey) on the moon.
  • NASA’s role in CLPS missions involves selecting landing sites and providing some payloads.

Lessons for India

  • Healthy and diversified private space service landscapes are essential for the devolution of critical responsibilities.
  • India’s recent approval of up to 100% FDI in its space program is a step in this direction
Prelims Connect

Programs of different space agencies to moon
India ( ISRO) Chandrayaan-3
Russia (Roscosmos) Luna-25 failed mission
USA( Under CLPS program) Odyssey lander
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