Chennai, July 26 : The second earth bound orbit raising maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, launched on July 22 by GSLV-MkIII-M1, was performed successfully on Friday morning.
ISRO in a release here said the orbit raising maneuver was carried out at 0108 hrs as planned, using the onboard propulsion system for a firing duration of 883 seconds. The orbit achieved was 251 x 54829 km.
All spacecraft parameters are normal. The third orbit raising maneuver is scheduled on July 29 between 2.30pm and 3.30 pm. The first orbit raising was carried out on Wednesday taking the spacecraft to a orbit of 230 X 45163 km.
About 16 minutes from lift off from the Second Launch Pad from the SHAR Range, Chandrayaan–2 was placed into a highly elliptical orbit of 170 x 45,475 km. It said further major activities included Earth bound maneuvers, Trans Lunar Insertion, Lunar bound maneuvers, Vikram (Lander) Separation and Vikram Touch Down.
Earth Bound maneuvers commenced from Wednesday and it would culminate into Trans Lunar Insertion scheduled on August 14 which will send the spacecraft to moon. 'The spacecraft is scheduled to reach moon by August 20', ISRO said. (UNI)