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Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Enters Lunar Transfer Trajectory

14 Aug 2019, 14:51 UTC
Chandrayaan-2 Successfully Enters Lunar Transfer Trajectory
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Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander (Credit: ISRO)

BENGALURU, India (ISRO PR) — The final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out today (August 14, 2019) 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. Earlier, the spacecraft’s orbit was progressively increased five times during July 23 to August 06, 2019.

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.
Since its launch on July 22, 2019 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle, all systems
onboard Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft are performing normal.

Chandrayaan-2 will approach Moon on August 20,
2019 and the spacecraft’s liquid engine will be fired again to insert
the spacecraft into a lunar orbit. Following this, there will be
further four orbit maneuvers to make the spacecraft enter into its final
orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from
the Moon’s surface.

Tentative plan for future operation after ...

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