Russian company Isotope (part of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation) supplied Cm-244 alpha-emitter to Physical Research Laboratory (Ahmedabad, India).
Radionuclide curium-244 (Cm-244) manufactured by Russian “State Scientific Center - Research Institute of Atomic Reactors” (JSC SSC RIAR) is a pure alpha-emitter that enables sources to determine chemical composition of any rocks and soils.
It will be installed on the Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) aimed at analyzing the lunar surface within the India's second lunar exploration mission Chandrayaan-2. The launch of spacecraft is scheduled for 2018.
Earlier Russia has already supplied similar products to USA for launching of three NASA’s expeditions - Mars Pathfinder (1997), Opportunity (2004) and Curiosity (2012) dedicated to explore rock chemistry on Mars.
In 2014 the World’s first soft landing of the Rosetta spacecraft on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko took place. The lander Philae, equipped with Russian made Cm-244 transmitted high-accuracy data about Comet’s surface composition to Earth.
In the world Cm-244 production is carried out only in two countries - Russia and the USA.
Joint Stock Company Isotope is a vital link that connects Russian isotope manufacturers and clients in foreign and domestic markets. JSC Isotope is the sole supplier of isotope products manufactured by ROSATOM enterprises with more than 100 foreign customers in over 30 countries and more than 600 Russian companies.
Russian “State Scientific Center-Research Institute of Atomic Reactors” (JSC SSC RIAR) is the largest nuclear reactor research institute located in Dimitrovgrad city in Russia. RIAR operates six nuclear research reactors, the Europe’s biggest reactor materials testing complex, fuel cycle R&D facilities, radiochemical complex and radioactive waste management facilities.