Centum Rakon Oscillators On Board Spacecraft to Mars
June 2014: The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft was launched on board PSLV-C25 on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Rakon’s Joint Venture (JV) partner Centum Rakon is one of the ISRO’s local component suppliers – its oscillators are on board PSLV-C25 as well as the Mars spacecraft.
It is India’s first interplanetary mission and if successful, ISRO will become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space programme, NASA, and European Space Agency. India’s Mars Orbiter spacecraft is expected to enter orbit around Mars, on 24 September 2014.The Mars mission aims to explore the planet’s surface, look for methane gas and develop technologies that will help in interplanetary travel.