Chandrayaan 2, India's second moon mission, is scheduled to complete its next and final Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre on Sunday evening between 1800 - 1900 hrs IST.
The fourth Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully on Friday using the onboard propulsion system of the spacecraft. The duration of the maneuver was 1155 seconds.
"Fourth lunar bound orbit maneuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully on August 30 at 1818 hrs IST," ISRO said in a tweet. The Bengaluru-based space organisation also said that all spacecraft parameters are normal so far.
Chandrayaan-2 managed to successfully enter the Moon’s orbit on the morning of August 20 and ISRO had later released a statement confirming the Lunar Orbit Insertion of Chandrayaan-2 at 9:02 am.
A statement released by ISRO read, “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.”
Chandrayaan 2 was launched by India`s heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) on July 22. The mission would carry out a soft landing on the moon on September 7.
Chandrayaan 2 was launched from Satish Dhawan space centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, a week after the ISRO had aborted the launch on July 15, just 56 minutes before the launch due to a "technical snag".
The success of this mission will make India only the "fourth nation after the United States, China, and Russia to make a soft-landing on the lunar surface and the first nation to do so on the south pole of the lunar surface.
The mission, which costs around Rs 760 crore, includes four components: a GSLV Mk-III, an orbiter, a lander; and the small rover.