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Chandrayaan-2 orbit successfully raised for Fourth time: ISRO

Chandrayaan-2 orbit successfully raised for Fourth time: ISRO

The fourth orbit raising activity for India's moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 was performed successfully on 2 August 2019.

According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the orbit of the Chandrayaan-2 was raised to 277 x 89,472 km by firing the onboard motors for 646 seconds.

The fifth orbit raising manoeuvre is scheduled between 2.30 to 3.30 p.m. on August 6. The trans-lunar insertion of Chandrayaan-2, which will send it to the moon, is scheduled on August 14. After that, the Chandrayaan-2 is scheduled to reach the moon by August 20 and the lander Vikram will land on the Earth's sole satellite on September 7.

On July 22, the Chandrayaan-2 was injected into an elliptical orbit of 170x45,475 km by India's heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III). The spacecraft comprises three segments - the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), the lander 'Vikram' (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover 'Pragyan' (27 kg, two payloads).

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