Once in orbit around the moon, the probe will release the lander, Vikram, which will perform a series of breaking maneuvers to execute a soft landing on the south polar region of the nearside of the moon. This three-module spacecraft comprises of an orbiter, lander, and rover.
The Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon blasted into space on 22 July one week after a technical glitch forced ISRO scientists to halt its scheduled launch. "On August 20, we will be reaching the moon", said Dr Sivan.More news: Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Flashes From Our Galaxy's Black Hole
He said once the spacecraft reaches the moon on 20 August, a lunar orbit insertion will be carried out. Sivan was on the city to take part in the birth centenary celebrations of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, regarded as the father of India's space programme. Chandrayaan 2 sent back its first images of Earth, two weeks after it was launched.
"On August 14 early morning, around 3:30am, we are going to have a manoeuvre called trans-lunar injection, by this manoeuvre Chandrayaan2 will leave earth and move towards the moon, " Sivan further added. "The Chandrayaan-2 composite body is now revolving around the earth", said Sivan.
Later, through a set of manoeuvres, the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 around the moon will be circularised at a height of 100 km from the lunar surface.More news: Joshua Ruiz II latest sport event to head to Saudi Arabia
All the systems of the spacecraft were inspected thoroughly and they were found to be in good condition functioning properly.
"The most crucial process now is going to happen on August 14 around 3:30 am".More news: WhatsApp Beta users can now use fingerprint authentication just like iOS