Chandrayaan-2: Launch ISRO after India’s 2nd Moon mission lifts off
SRIHARIKOTA: Fifteen “very crucial” manoeuvres will be performed in the next one and a half months to bring Chandrayaan -2 closer to the Moon, said Isro chairman K Sivan after the successful separation of spacecraft from GSLV – MkIII.
“They are going to do 15 very crucial manoeuvres in the next one and half months to bring Chandrayaan- 2 around the Moon. After that, the D-day will come. On that day, we are going to experience 15 minutes of terror to ensure that landing is safely done on the south pole,” he said.
“By injecting the satellite into an orbit better than the intended one, whatever the satellite team wanted to do tomorrow, the launch vehicle did it today. The Earth-bound manoeuvre is going to be an additional bonus for you,” he said. “It will also give the satellite more life and fuel,” he said
With its enhanced performance, the launch vehicle has reached capability to carry 4tonne payload to GTO (geosynchronous transfer orbit) as per design, he said.
As for the mission, the task is far from over. The mantle is now handed over to the mission team. “It’s the beginning of a historical journey of India towards Moon and to land at a place near south pole to carry out scientific experiments to explore the unexplored,” he said.
Sivan also appreciated the work done by the Isro team in fixing the technical glitch that led to aborting the mission on July 15.
“We had a serious tech snag, and we fixed it. Now Isro bounced back with flying colours. Immediately after the technical snag observed a week ago, the entire Isro team swung into action. The work that was done in the following 24 hours was mind boggling. The vehicle was brought back to normal and the root cause of the tech snag was identified and corrected. Everything happened in 24 hours. In the next one and a half days, the required tests were conducted to ensure that the corrections made were proper and in the right direction. The vehicle was then handed over to the management for action.”
“It all happened because of the hard work of the team Isro especially engineers, technicians, technical assistants and support staff… In fact, they forgot their families and sacrificed their time and ensured to fix the snag. In fact, the expert team constituted was on the job for the last seven days to ensure that every system functioned properly. My duty is to salute all of them,” he said.
“In the last one and half years, the satellite team burnt the midnight oil to make Chandrayaan-2 as per the suggestions given by the national committee. All of them worked together for the success of this mission. Let me thank them for their contribution. The entire globe was waiting for the success of this mission,” he said.
As for the upcoming missions, Sivan said a review was conducted today for the next Cartosat-3 mission. “A series of missions are going to take place this year. We will work together, and we will make the Indian flag fly high in this specific technological area,” he said.