Advocatus Diaboli writes: Last week, I read about some morons in UK get all bitchy about an official announcement regarding India plan to launch an unmanned orbiter probe to mars during late 2013. While this project has been known to exist since 2010, most people outside ISRO never thought that it would be followed up so vigorously. This belief is understandable since Indian politicians and bureaucrats, who control the purse strings of government projects, are rightly seen as morons who drive out competent Indian scientists or destroy their dreams. However this post is not about the state of politics and governance in India, which almost every Indian has had considerable experience with. The post is about whether such a probe is feasible and deliverable within the set time-frame, with available funding using available technology. The post also briefly recounts previous unmanned orbital missions to Mars by NASA and the ESA and compares them to the proposed Indian mission.
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