Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander completes first de-orbiting manoeuvre

Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander completes first de-orbiting manoeuvre

"The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter at 1315 Hrs IST today (September 02, 2019)". The duration of the maneuver was four seconds.

ISRO successful in separating "Vikram" from Chandrayaan2: ISRO confirms the successful separation of "Vikram", the lander from the Chandrayaan2 space orbiter at 1: 15 PM.

Operating independently for the first time since Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22, Vikram, the lander, underwent its first manoeuvre around Moon. One other manoeuvre is scheduled tomorrow earlier than the Vikram spacecraft makes an attempt a landing close to the moon's south pole on September 7 at 1:40 am. The lander will remain static at the landing location, and will relay data of the rover and its own to the orbiter, which in turn will relay it to the Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) located at Byalalu, near Bengaluru. ISRO mentioned that all the systems of Chandrayaan-2 and the lander are healthy. This will happen between 5.30 am and 6.30 am on Saturday.

All health parameters of both, the orbiter and the landing module were reported to be normal.

The mission life of the lander is also one lunar day, while the orbiter will continue its mission for a year.

The photo was taken at a height of 1,646 miles (2,650 km) above the moon and includes a look at the Apollo crater and the Mare Orientalis. This will be crucial as an uneven landing site could tilt the lander and make the rolling out of the rover hard, which in turn could jeopardise the mission.

Chandrayaan-2 has three modules, an Orbiter, a Lander called Vikram, and a Rover called Pragyan, which means "wisdom" in Sanskrit.

The lander will then make a powered descent to the Moon's surface in the unexplored south pole on September 7.

The first de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today, September 03, 2019.

'We should keep in mind that space exploration is risky as many systems have failed in the past and many lives lost, ' he told AFP. After its rolled out of Lander, the six-wheeled robotic instrument Rover Pragyaan will perform in situ exploration of the surrounding lunar surface.

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