Chandrayaan-2 mission: Rover to spend 14 days on moon’s surface, says Isro chief | India News
NEW DELHI: Gearing up for its most difficult area mission, Indian Area Analysis Organisation (Isro) is leaving no stone unturned to make the Chandrayaan-2 (lunar-2) mission a hit. Not like the primary lunar mission when a PSLV rocket carried the spacecraft to the moon’s orbit, this time heavy-payload lifter GSLV Mk II will launch the spacecraft weighing three,290kg because the module will carry an orbiter, a rover and a lander to the moon.
Giving unique particulars concerning the mission, Isro chairman Dr Okay Sivan advised TOI, “Chandraayan-2 is a difficult mission as for the primary time we’ll carry an orbiter, a lander and a rover to the moon. The launch date schedule is someday in April. As soon as the GSLV rocket carrying the spacecraft is launched from Sriharikota, the orbiter will attain the moon’s orbit in a single to 2 months. (The moon’s orbit is three,82,000km away from the earth’s floor).”
Dr Sivan stated, “After reaching the moon’s orbit, the lander will get indifferent from the orbiter and do a soft-landing close to the south pole of the moon. The 6-wheeled rover mounted inside the lander will get indifferent and transfer on the lunar floor. The rover has been designed in such a means that it’ll have energy to spend a lunar day or 14 Earth days on the moon’s floor and stroll as much as 150-200 km. It would do a number of experiments and on-site chemical evaluation of the floor.”
The Isro chairman stated, “The rover will then ship information and pictures of the lunar floor again to the Earth by the orbiter inside 15 minutes.
After spending 14 earth days, the rover will go in a sleep mode. We hope the rover will once more come alive every time that a part of the moon (the place the rover will land) will get daylight and recharges the rover’s photo voltaic cells. In addition to the rover, the orbiter can even seize pictures of the moon whereas orbiting it.”
On testing of lunar parts, Dr Sivan stated, “All three parts of the lunar module are nearly prepared. At the moment, there integration is occurring. As soon as the module is prepared, it must undergo rigorous assessments.” On fixing launch date, he stated, “The launch date will rely on varied components just like the moon’s relative place with respect to the Earth.
As soon as the GSLV is launched, it’s going to put the spacecraft within the 170 km x 20,000 km elliptical orbit. From the elliptical orbit, the craft will probably be manoeuvred in the direction of the lunar orbit by firing thrusters. Subsequently, we anticipate it to achieve the lunar orbit in two months.”