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WATCH: ISRO To Launch Chandrayaan-2 On July 15, Chairman K Sivan Explains Nitty-gritties Of Historic Mission

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:


  • ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan gave intricate details about when and how the 'Mission Moon' will unveil
  • The Chairman of ISRO gave details about the exact time for the takeoff of Chandrayaan-2

Hours after the Indian Space Research Organization released the first-ever visual of Chandrayaan-2, ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan gave intricate details about when and how the 'Mission Moon' will unveil. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Mr 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 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 mission. We need to provide technological for future generation because they will depend on scientific exploration".oa


The Chairman of ISRO gave further details about the exact time for the takeoff of Chandrayaan-2.

"Now, we are entering into Chandrayaan-2 mission. ISRO has decided the time of Chandrayaan-2 take off will be July 15, 2019, at 2:51 am". 


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"


"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.

(Watch the full briefing in the video above)

WATCH | ISRO Releases First Ever Visuals Of Upcoming 'Chandrayaan 2' Mission's Moon Lander, Set For Launch In July

Moreover, ISRO has outlined the challenges of a Moon landing, as follows:

  • Trajectory Accuracy
  • Deep-space communication
  • Trans Lunar Injection and Lunar Capture
  • Orbiting around the Moon
  • Soft landing on the Moon
  • Lunar Dust
  • Extreme temperatures and vacuum

Read: ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 Mission Next Month: India Outlines Challenges Of Landing Where No Agency Has Got To So Far