Chandrayaan-3 Mission Update: Second orbit-raising manoeuver performs successfully

ISRO has reported a new update with regards to Chandrayaan-3 Mission which is that the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has now moved into a new, higher orbit around the Earth after the successful completion of the second orbit-raising manoeuvre (Earth-bound apogee firing).

The spacecraft is now in 41603 km x 226 km orbit, ISRO said in an official statement. 

To be noted that the second orbit-raising step took place on Monday.

Before this, the spacecraft was moving in an orbit that was 41,762 at the furthest from Earth and 173 km at its closest.

The spacecraft is supposed to make five such orbit-raising manoeuvres to continuously move into higher orbits before beginning to move directly towards the moon.

Once there, the spacecraft would do similar exercises to slowly get into lower orbits around the moon before eventually reaching a circular orbit about 100 km from the lunar surface.

And, then from the particular circular orbit, the final descent to the moon’s surface would take place on August 23 or 24, 2023.