Chandrayaan 2 Landing Time Sacrosanct Despite Delay: ISRO's K Sivan

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ISRO chief Dr K Sivan speaks to Republic TV about Chandrayaan 2's milestone of entering the lunar orbit. He also says its landing will be on time.

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Updated On:

ISRO chief Dr K Sivan on Tuesday spoke to Republic Media Network where he spoke about ISRO's milestone of Chandrayaan 2 entering the lunar orbit. The ISRO statement had announced that Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was completed successfully on August 20 at around 9:00 am as planned

ISRO also announced the date of Chandrayaan 2's soft landing on moon 

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Dr K Sivan spoke about several aspects of the moon mission's successful milestone.

Lander Vikram separating from the orbiter on September 2

"The lander will be separated from the orbiter and then it will be done with deboost manoeuvre to reduce the orbit from 100 to 35 km, 35 km onwards real dissent phase will start and in 15 minutes it will soft-land on the moon. It is a new system for all of us, there is new technology. The entire system is new. It is exciting."

Compensating for time after delayed launch

"We have huge a number of emission operations like earthbound manoeuvre and lunar orbit manoeuvre and its timings are adjusted, so that landing timing is the same. The landing timing is sacrosanct for us as we want the landing to start at the beginning of the lunar day "

ISRO's statement on Chandrayaan 2 milestone

Announcing about the feat, the ISRO statement said: "Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was completed successfully today (August 20, 2019) at 0902 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of manoeuvre was 1738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan 2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km." The Chandrayaan 2 landing date next is September 7. 

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