After receiving the sobriquets of “India’s Garden City” and “Silicon Valley of India”, Bangalore will now have a another feather in its cap! The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to open a Simulator Lunar Terrain(SLT) here.
With the SLT, scientists at ISRO hope to recreate the moon’s surface on earth. It will have facilities like lunar terrain & gravitational force. This will be of immense help in knowing more about the Moon’s surface. Scientists claim that this will help them in understanding the behavior of unmanned spaceships when they land on the moon. So, if the vehicle encounters a problem in the simulated terrain, scientists can analyze the reasons for its behavior and redesign it. Obviously, this saves a lot of money that would have otherwise been wasted.
SLT would also have a simulator for astronauts. This would help them to learn to adjust to zero-gravity conditions.
The SLT will make India the third country in the world to possess this simulated terrain. The exact location of the SLT is still unknown. But is expected to be in place in a couple of years.