India’s first aerospace startup, and one of the five contenders of Google Lunar Xprize Competition, TeamIndus seems to have hit a major roadblock. As per reports, the startup’s contract with ISRO has been called off.
For the launch, TeamIndus had signed a contract with the commercial arm of ISRO, Antrix Corporation. When contacted by Inc42, TeamIndus didn’t comment on the development.
The final launch deadline had been set to March 31, 2018.
The five teams shortlisted for the final round are TeamIndus (India), Synergy Moon, Hakuto (Japan), SpaceIL (Israel), and Moon Express (USA). SpaceIL has signed a contract with SpaceFlight and intends to launch in 2018. However, it is still unclear, if it will be able to meet the deadline.
TeamIndus had not only signed a contract with ISRO but also with the Hakuto and the same PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) launched by ISRO was supposed to be a launch-vehicle for both teams.
With this, the Hakuto team’s project has also come to a halt. The two players that seem to be strong contenders in this moon race are Synergy Moon and Moon Express.