ISRO Chairman on June 21 met President Ram Nath Kovind and briefed him about the upcoming Chandrayaan 2. The President extended best wishes for the success of India's Moon Misson.
Earlier, ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan gave intricate details about when and how the 'Mission Moon' Chandrayaan-2 will unveil. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Kailasavadivoo Sivan explained the importance of space science in the welfare of common man. He said:
"Good afternoon to all my friends from the media. Today morning you had a fantastic view of the most complex mission and its elements of what we are going to do. I just want to share few things that ISRO's mission is to make use of space technology for the use of common man in the areas of safety, security and quality of life. And we have missions like communication missions and navigation missions mainly to take care of the safety and security of common man. You know how spacecraft played the role during cyclone Fani. Similarly, you talk about broadband connectivity in rural areas. Places where the cable cannot reach, how satellites are providing connectivity. Along with meeting the requirement for the common man of this country, ISRO is also looking at another vertical called space science. In space science, we mainly take planet exploratory missions. We need to provide technological for future generations because they will depend on scientific exploration".
THE EXACT DATE AND TIME OF CHANDRAYAAN-2 LAUNCH:
ISRO has decided the time of Chandrayaan-2 take off will be July 15, 2019, at 2:51 am
THE THREE COMPONENTS:
Throwing light on the different components of the mission, he informed that the mission will be carried out by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV MK III) rocket, which is designed to launch satellites into geostationary orbit. He said:
"The mission contains 3 components:
Rover: It is a robotic article having a mass of 27 kg and size of 21 metres.
Lander: This is a mass of 1.4 tonnes and a length of 3.5 metre
Orbitor: Mass of 2.4 tonnes and length 2.5 metres"
PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER:
"The rover will be inside the lander and the lander will be kept above the Orbitor. This three together will be called composite body. Now, this composite body will be kept in GSLV MK-III vehicle. When GSLV MK-III will launch and it will inject the composite body into eccentric orbit within 15 minutes.
He further explained how these three components will be detached and take their respective places once injected into space.
Moreover, ISRO has outlined the challenges of a Moon landing, as follows:
Trans Lunar Injection and Lunar Capture
Orbiting around the Moon
Soft landing on the Moon
Extreme temperatures and vacuum