'Chandrayaan 2 will reach moon's orbit on 20 Aug': ISRO

Chandrayaan-2

Chandrayaan-2

ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan told the media the other day that ISRO expected Chandrayaan-2 to begin going around the Moon from August 20. We are going to conduct a manoeuvre called trans-lunar injection. By this maneuver, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the earth and move towards the moon.

It will be subjected to a series of orbit maneuvers in the coming weeks to take it to the vicinity of the moon, with the rover soft landing planned on September 7. The landing on Moon is expected on September 7. After landing, Vikram will release Pragyan, the rover.

Dr Sivan was in the Indian city of Ahmedabad, to attend the birth centenary celebrations of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of India's space programme. By this maneuver, the Chandrayaan-2 will leave the earth and move towards the moon.

After leaving the earth's orbit and on entering the moon's sphere of influence, the onboard propulsion system of Chandrayaan-2 will be fired to slow down the spacecraft, which will enable it to be captured into a preliminary orbit around the moon, the ISRO said.

"Then, we will be carrying out lunar orbit insertion".

The next very important and crucial maneuver will happen on Wednesday morning. Chandrayaan 2 seeks to explore the far side of the Moon, a feat no other country has achieved yet.

In December, India will launch a small satellite launcher for the first time, the ISRO chief added. It's a small satellite launcher. The announcement of the Gaganyaan project was first made a year ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day when he said "a son or daughter of India will go to space" by 2022.