ISRO on Tuesday efficiently carried out the fifth orbit-raising manoeuvre of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft from the ISRO facility in Bengaluru.
ISRO tweeted, “The orbit-raising manoeuvre (Earth-bound perigee firing) is carried out efficiently from ISTRAC/ISRO, Bengaluru.” ISTRAC is ISRO Telemetry, Monitoring and Command Community of the area group.
“ The spacecraft is anticipated to realize an orbit of 127609 km x 236 km. The achieved orbit will likely be confirmed after the observations. The subsequent firing, the TransLunar Injection (TLI), is deliberate for August 1, 2023, between 12 midnight and 1am,” it tweeted.
LVM3-M4 dubbed as ‘Fats Boy’ lifted off efficiently carrying Chandrayaan-3 on July 14. An ISRO official advised PTI that following the TLI, the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft would escape from orbiting the Earth and comply with a path that might take it to the neighborhood of the Moon. In different phrases, the spacecraft would start its journey in the direction of the Moon on August 1, after leaving the Earth’s orbit following the TLI manoeuvre, which might place it on ‘lunar switch trajectory’. ISRO has mentioned it might try soft-landing of the lander on the Moon’s floor on August 23.
(With PTI inputs.)