ISRO Chairman briefs the media on Lunar Orbit Insertion of Chandrayaan2
The Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuver which took a little over 28 minutes was completed at 9:02 am. "Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of maneuver was 1738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km," ISRO said in a statement.
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Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO will brief media today (August 20, 2019) at 1100 hrs IST on the occasion of Lunar Orbit Insertion of #Chandrayaan2
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Chandrayaan2, launched on July 22 by GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle, had entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory on August 14 after final orbit raising manoeuvre of the spacecraft was successfully carried out, reports by PTI suggest.
PTI reported that following this, there will be further four orbit manoeuvres to make the spacecraft enter into its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from Moon's surface, ISRO has said. Subsequently, the Vikram lander will separate from the orbiter on September 2, according to the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency.
"It's on Tuesday (tentatively between 8.30 am and 9.30 am). It's challenging," said the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan while speaking to PTI on the operation to put the spacecraft in an orbit around the Moon.
In a unique milestone for India's mission to the moon, ISRO will fire Chandrayaan 2's liquid engine in order to insert the spacecraft into a lunar orbit on Tuesday.