Payload Development

Infrared mapping by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper on Chandrayaan-1 resulted in the detection of hydroxyl (OH) and water on the uppermost few millimeters of the lunar surface. This was a landmark discovery from planetary science research in our division.
Several instruments are developed/under development in-house by Planetary Science Division members for ISRO’s planetary missions like Chandrayaan-1, Chandrayaan-2, Aditya-L1 and future Mars/Venus missions. These include the following:

  • High Energy X-ray Spectrometer
  • Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
  • Solar X-Ray Monitor
  • Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment(in collaboration with SPL/VSSC)
  • Aditya Solar Wind Particle Experiment
  • Gamma Ray Spectrometer
  • Inter Digitated Transducer Dust Detector
  • Impact Ionization Dust Detector
  • Lightning Detector
  • Radio Occultation Experiment
  • Retarding Potential Analyzer
  • Langmuir Probe
  • Neutral and Ion Mass Spectrometer
  • Energetic Ion Spectrometer