ISRO is gearing up to launch India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 as per schedule in July.
The ISRO on Wednesday shared the first pictures of Chandrayaan-2 lander and orbiter at its Satellite Integration and Testing establishment in Bengaluru.
While the mission is scheduled to launch between July 9 and 16 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, the landing on the moon is slated for September 6.
Chandrayaan 2 has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).
The Orbiter and Lander modules will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle while the Rover is housed inside the Lander.
After launching into earth-bound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module.
Subsequently, Lander will separate from the Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site close to the lunar South Pole.
Further, the Rover will roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface.
Instruments are also mounted on the Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments.
The scientific experiments include finding water and special minerals on the lunar surface.
The spacecraft will carry 11 payloads – six from India, three from Europe, two from USA. GSLV MKIII, which will be carrying house the moon lander, weighs 3.8 tonnes.
Chandrayaan-2 comes 10 years after ISRO launched its first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, in 2009.
The previous mission included a lunar orbiter and an impactor but didn`t include a rover like Chandrayaan-2.