Chandrayaan-1 – the Indian moon mission is now orbiting the moon. It is as shoe string as it possibly gets! Here is some perspective:
Total cost: Rs 380 crores (USD 76 million)
Airbus 380 developmental cost: USD 15 billion
One Boeing 737-600 (the cheapest one) costs: USD 50 million
Cost for right of Indian Premier league paid by Sony Entertainment: 10 times the Chandrayaan-1 price.
The team at ISRO did not cut corners. They just optimized stuff. The tests that Americans would do six times, ISRO did 3 times.
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