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2 Days After Chandrayaan-2 Launch, ISRO Successfully Performs First Orbit-raising Manoeuvre of Spacecraft

The second orbit-raising manoeuvre is scheduled in the early hours of Friday at about 1 am.


Updated:July 24, 2019, 7:52 PM IST
2 Days After Chandrayaan-2 Launch, ISRO Successfully Performs First Orbit-raising Manoeuvre of Spacecraft
India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 lifts off onboard GSLV Mk III-M1 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (Image: PTI)

Bengaluru: The first earth-bound orbit raising manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

The manoeuvre was carried out at 2.52 pm using the on-board propulsion system for a firing duration of 57 seconds, two days after the successful launch into elliptical Earth orbit of 170x45,475 km, ISRO said. The new orbit will be 230x45,163 km, it said.

According to ISRO, the second orbit-raising manoeuvre is scheduled in the early hours of Friday at about 1 am.

India had on Monday launched the country's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the aim of landing a rover in the unexplored lunar south pole.

The 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising orbiter, lander and rover, has been injected into the earth's orbit. It will be subjected to a series of orbit manoeuvres in the coming weeks to take it to the vicinity of moon, with the rover soft landing planned on September 7.

"Further major activities include Earth bound manoeuvres, Trans Lunar Insertion, Lunar bound manoeuvres, Vikram Separation and Vikram Touch Down," the space agency said.

As per the schedule, Vikram, the moonlander will soft land on the moon and then Pragyaan will roll out to explore the moon surface. The ISRO is aiming for a soft landing of the lander (spacecraft) in the South Pole region of the moon where no country has gone so far.

The space agency said the earth-bound manoeuvres are planned to be executed from Wednesday onward culminating into Trans Lunar Insertion scheduled on August 14, 2019, which will send the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to moon.

In a giant leap for the country's ambitious low-cost space programme, ISRO has undertaken the most complex and its prestigious mission ever aimed at landing the rover on the moon. If successful, it will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.

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