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India closer to Moon landing as Chandrayaan-2 completes fourth orbit raising

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the orbit of the Chandrayaan-2 was raised to 277 x 89,472 km by firing the onboard motors for 646 seconds.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Published on: August 02, 2019 18:48 IST
The fifth orbit raising manoeuvre is scheduled between 2.30
Image Source : ISRO

The fifth orbit raising manoeuvre is scheduled between 2.30 to 3.30 pm on August 6.

The fourth orbit raising activity for India's moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully at 3.27 pm on Friday.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the orbit of the Chandrayaan-2 was raised to 277 x 89,472 km by firing the onboard motors for 646 seconds.

All spacecraft parameters are normal, it said.

The fifth orbit raising manoeuvre is scheduled between 2.30 to 3.30 pm on August 6.

On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170x45,475 km by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style.

The spacecraft comprises three segments - the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander 'Vikram' (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover 'Pragyan' (27 kg, two payloads).

The Indian space agency said the major activities include earth-bound manoeuvres, the trans-lunar insertion, lunar-bound manoeuvres, Vikram's separation from Chandrayaan-2 and touch down on the moon's South Pole.

The ISRO said the trans-lunar insertion of Chandrayaan-2, which will send it to the moon, is scheduled on August 14.

After that, the Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to reach the moon by August 20 and the lander Vikram will land on the Earth's sole satellite on September 7.

(with inputs from IANS)

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