Chandrayaan-2 modules getting ready for launch in July, says ISRO


The launch is scheduled to take during July 9-July 16, with an expected Moon landing on September 6.

India's much-delayed second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, has got yet another launch window.

Its earlier window of launch was April, however it was pushed ahead. The rover of India's second lunar mission, costing almost Rs 800 crore, will be made to land near the yet-unexplored south pole.

Unlike the first lunar mission in October 2008, which was launched using PSLV rocket and involved only orbiting the moon, Chandryaan 2 would attempt a soft landing the lunar surface.

The Rs 800 crore mission's lander is expected to make a soft-landing on the lunar surface on September 6 on a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N - only the second mission so far by any country to land a rover near the Moon's south pole. India nearly lost the race to Israel to become the fourth country in the world after Russia, US and China to land the spacecraft on the moon.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) which had initially planned to launch the mission past year in April, confirmed that the all the modules for the mission would be ready in the next two months. Instruments are also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments. "Furthermore, the Rover will carry out scientific experiments on the lunar surface", the ISRO added.

Just like Chandrayaan-1 and Mars Orbiter Mission, the Chandrayaan-2 will also perform orbit raising manoeuvres around the Earth six times to gain the required height and speed to break away from the Earth's gravity.

"The satellite will first be launched into an earth orbit from where it will slowly increase and move towards the moon". The data will be sent to Earth within 15 minutes of each test. However, the mission that lasted 312 days had successfully completed 95% of it's planned objectives.