Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander to Soft Land on the Moon Tonight, ISRO Details Process

Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander to Soft Land on the Moon Tonight, ISRO Details Process

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Highlights
  • Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander will soft land tonight
  • Its powered descent will begin between 1am and 2am
  • It will touchdown between 1:30am and 2:30am

Chandryaan-2’s Vikram lander will land on the Moon tonight. ISRO has revealed that the soft landing of Vikram, Chandrayaan-2’s Moon lander, will be carried out by at least eight onboard equipment in a coordinated manner. Vikram with rover Pragyaan housed inside is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1am and 2am on September 7 (tonight), followed by its touchdown between 1:30am and 2:30am. Ahead of the proposed touchdown in the early hours of Saturday, the ISRO explained through a video how it will take place. The landing will be live streamed.

In its video, ISRO explained that the Vikram lander machine will befitted with at least three cameras, Lander Position Detection Camera (LPDC), Lander Horizontal Velocity Camera (LHVC) and Lander Hazardous Detection and Avoidance Camera (LHDAC), to ensure its soft landing on the lunar surface. There will be two KA Band Altimeter-1 and KA Band Altimeter-2. The KA Band stands for Kurtz-above band, which is partof the Kurtz (K) band in the microwave band of the electromagnetic spectrum.