ISRO chairman Dr KSivan told the media the other day that ISRO expected Chandrayaan-2 to begin going around the Moon from August 20. He added, "We plan to have a series of maneuvers around the moon, finally on Sep 7 we will be landing on the moon, this is our plan". The composite spacecraft that carries a lander, Vikram, and a rover, Pragyaan, will be pointed on a translunar course in a critical manoeuvre on Wednesday between 3 am and 4 am.
"At around 3.30 am on August 14, we are going to have a maneuver called trans-lunar injection".
The Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon blasted into space on 22 July one week after a technical glitch forced ISRO scientists to halt its scheduled launch. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon".
"After launching the spacecraft on July 22, we performed several manoeuvres to make Chandrayaan-2 revolve around the earth", Sivan said.
A series of orbit manoeuvres was carried out using Chandrayaan-2's onboard propulsion system to raise the spacecraft orbit in steps and then place it in the Lunar Transfer Trajectory to enable the spacecraft to travel to the vicinity of the moon. By this maneuver, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the Earth and move towards the Moon.
It is to be mentioned that Chandrayaan-2 is India's second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1. On the 7th September, its lander is expected to soft-land on the south pole of the moon and unleash the rover to explore the surface. It's a small satellite launcher.
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