Mumbai: In another development, Chandrayaan-2 on Wednesday successfully led the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on its path to the moon, after the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), early on Wednesday, successfully carried out a crucial process to manoeuvre India’s second lunar probe out of the earth’s orbit.
Isro said that it carried out the manoeuvre called Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) at 2.21 am today as it was planned.
“The final orbit raising maneuver of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out today at 02:21 am IST. During this maneuver, the spacecraft’s liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory,” Isro said in a statement.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is expected to reach the moon’s orbit on August 20.
The space agency ISRO said, “Subsequently, there will be four-orbit maneuvers ahead to the spacecraft to enter its final orbit passing above the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the lunar surface.”
On September 7, the spacecraft’s lander, Vikram, is expected to soft-land at the moon’s south pole and propel the rover to explore the surface.
“The health of the spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru,” Isro said.