Isro's Chandrayaan-2 getting ready for July launch


The Indian space agency has said in a statement that all the modules necessary for the mission are getting ready.

India's second mission to the moon has been delayed again and will be launched during the July 9 to 16 window period, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said Wednesday. The landing of the spacecraft on the lunar surface is expected by 6 September.

Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched in April past year, but it was postponed to October after ISRO lost contact with GSAT-6A in March 2018. Subsequently, the Lander will separate from the Orbiter and land softly at the predetermined site, close to the lunar South Pole.

A Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III with an approximate lift-off mass of 3,877 kg will lift off with the Chandrayaan-2 payload from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. "The rover is housed inside the lander", it added. They will be accommodated inside the GSLV MK III launch vehicle.

The wheeled rover would roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface. The journey from the earth to the moon will take around 45-50 days.

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If India will be successful in landing a rover on Moon, it would be the fourth country in the world to land on the Moon. Instruments are also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments.

There are news reports earlier that ISRO missed the deadline for Chandrayaan a year ago due to damages for the lander (Vikram).

While the orbiter of the spacecraft will go around the moon, the Vikram lander will land on the lunar surface and remain stationed as a base.

Just like Chandrayaan-1 and Mars Orbiter Mission, the Chandrayaan-2 will also perform orbit raising manoeuvres around the Earth six times to gain the required height and speed to break away from the Earth's gravity. The data will be sent to Earth within 15 minutes of each test.