'Chandrayaan-1 completes last orbit raising maneuver'
India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft, Chandrayaan-1, has completed its last orbit raising maneuver to enter the lunar transfer trajectory and is likely to start circling the moon by November 8.india Updated: Nov 08, 2008 18:58 IST
India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft, Chandrayaan-1, has completed its last orbit raising maneuver to enter the lunar transfer trajectory and is likely to start circling the moon by November 8, ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said in Gandhinagar on Tuesday.
"It (Chandrayaan-1) is being tracked by Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore. Today we have done the last orbit-raising manoeuvre to enter the lunar transfer trajectory. If everything goes right, by November 8, Chandrayaan-1 will start circling the moon," Nair told reporters on sidelines of a function here.
Nair was here to deliver the Todar Mul Memorial lecture during the inaguration of the 28th INCA International Congress on Collaborative Mapping and Space Technology.
When asked how long will it take for the man to step on moon, Nair said that India still has a long way to go.
"We have to first develop our own technology to send man to the outer space and then to the moon. We still have a very long way to go," Nair said.
"If funding and everything is available, by 2015 we will have capabilities to send man to the outer space. From then it will take 5-6 years to send a man to moon," Nair, said.
Since its launch on October 22 by PSLV-C11, all systems onboard Chandrayaan-I spacecraft are performing normally, he said.