Chandrayaan-2 Performs Final Lunar Orbital Manoeuvre, ISRO Prepares for Separation of Vikram Lander

Anindita | September 2, 2019 | 0 | News Updates

Chandrayaan-2 Performs Final Lunar Orbital Manoeuvre, ISRO Prepares for Separation of Vikram Lander

Photo Credit: ISRO

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The duration of the manoeuvre was 52 seconds
  • All spacecraft parameters are normal: ISRO
  • The orbit achieved is 119km x 127km

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday said it has successfully performed the fifth and final lunar bound orbital manoeuvre for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft and was gearing up for separation of the lander from the orbiter on Monday. All spacecraft parameters are normal, the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency said after Sunday’s manoeuvre on the spacecraft, which is currently in the lunar orbit for its rendezvous with the Moon.

“The final and fifth Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today [September 1] beginning at 1821 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of the manoeuvre was 52 seconds. The orbit achieved is 119km x 127km,” ISRO said in an update. It said the next operation is the separation of lander ‘Vikram’ from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter, which is scheduled on September 2, 2019, between 12:45pm and 1:45pm (IST). Following this, there would be two deorbit manoeuvres of lander ‘Vikram’ to prepare for its landing in the south polar region of the moon.

Vikram (with rover ‘Pragyan’ housed inside) is expected to touch down on the lunar surface on September 7, between 1:30am and 2:30am. ISRO said that after the lander’s separation on Monday, two deorbit manoeuvres are scheduled for September 3 (9:00-10:00) and September 4 (3:00-4:00) respectively, before the powered descent on September 7.

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