Chandrayaan-2 orbit raised for fourth time

Chandrayaan-2 orbit raised for fourth time

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Chennai, Aug 2: The fourth earth bound orbit raising manoeuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, launched on July 22 by GSLV-MkIII-M1, was performed successfully on Friday afternoon.

ISRO in an update said the fourth earth bound orbit raising manoeuver for Chandryaan-2 spacecraft has been performed successfully today at 1527 hrs as planned, using the on board propulsion system for a firing duration of 646 seconds.The orbit achieved is 277 x 89,472 km.

''All spacecraft parameters are normal'', it said. The next and the last Earth bound manoeuver is scheduled on August six between 2.30pm and 3. 30 pm. ISRO tweeted: ''4 done one to go! Today marks the successful completion of the fourth orbit raising manoeuver.''

The first orbit raising was performed on July 24 taking the spacecraft to a orbit of 230 X 45163 km, the second on July 26 and the third on July 29.

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 and Rover (Pragyan). Earth Bound maneuvers commenced from Wednesday last and it would culminate into Trans Lunar Insertion scheduled on August 14 which will send the Chandrayaan–2 spacecraft to
the Moon.''The spacecraft is scheduled to reach moon by August 20'', ISRO said. (UNI)