The ISRO today informed that lander ‘Vikram’ was successfully separated from the Chandrayaan-2, getting one step closer to the Moon. All systems of the orbiter and lander are healthy, the agency said.
The separation of the lander from its main carrier is considered to be crucial in the landing process since all the systems on-board the lander would start to operate on its own for the first time.
ISRO chairman K Sivan said that the anxious and concerns would be there until the lander makes the land on the Moon.
He had earlier said that the systems on-board the lander was not operated till now, especially the propulsion system. "This phase is critical because the powered descent will be a first for us," he added.
The lander is indigenously developed in India. Initially, the lander was supposed to made in Russia. But they backed out from the project after their own Martian moon mission failed. ISRO added another central engine to the lander while developing it. Initially, it was supposed to have four engines in four corners. The design was later changed.
Both the lander and the orbiter of the spacecraft are being monitored from the Mission Operations Complex (MOX) at ISRO TelemetryTracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru. Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennas at Byalalu, near Bengaluru, are also supporting the task.
An official statement from Indian Space Research Organisation said that the Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter on Monday afternoon.
The first of the two deboosting manoeuvres will be performed tomorrow between 09:00 AM and 10:00 AM. These will bring the lander-rover to a 36x 100 km orbit. The powered descent will begin at 01:40 AM on September 7.