On Wednesday, August 23, India became the fourth nation on the moon and the first nation to land on the moon´s south pole. Behind the complicated autonomous soft landing is a researcher, Avijit Banerjee, at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in Northern Sweden.
Avijit Banerjee has for three years been the leader of the research focus on space autonomy within the Robotics and AI group at LTU. There he was working with the autonomous soft landing for the lunar lander, Chandrayaan-3, that landed on the rim of Shackleton Crater on the moon.
"Of course, I am very happy and honored that my solution for autonomous and safe soft landing on the moon has been implemented on board the lunar lander by the team of the Indian Space Organization, ISRO, for their lunar exploration mission Chandrayaan-3," says Avijit Banerjee to North Sweden Business.
Space autonomy is the new challenge in space research, with the goal of completing next-generation space missions, and Luleå University of Technology states that they aims to be at the forefront.