The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has not given up efforts to spring links with Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram, even after a hard-landing more than three weeks ago. Chandrayaan 2 was a highly complex mission, which brought together an orbiter, lander and rover to explore Moon’s South Pole.
In September, ground stations lost communication with the lander and rover Praygan, minutes before its planned soft-landing on the lunar surface. Since then ISRO has been making efforts to establish link.
Although the communication is lost, the orbiter camera is sending pictures to the Bengaluru headquartered space agency. These images are helping them understand moon’s evolution and mapping of the minerals and water molecules in the Polar Regions.
Our @LRO_NASA mission imaged the targeted landing site of India’s Chandrayaan-2 lander, Vikram. The images were taken at dusk, and the team was not able to locate the lander. More images will be taken in October during a flyby in favorable lighting. More: https://t.co/1bMVGRKslp pic.twitter.com/kqTp3GkwuM
— NASA (@NASA) September 26, 2019
On ISROs official Instagram account, they posted a cartoon picture explaining their ongoing efforts.
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Isro has not given up efforts to regain link with Vikram lander The Indian Space Research Organisation has not completely given up on attempting to re-establish communication with the Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram that went silent during its lunar descent While the Vikram lander went out of contact, the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is safe in its orbit around the Moon (Reuters illustration) The Isro has not given up efforts to spring Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram lying on the lunar surface back to life after a hard-landing more than three weeks ago, senior officials indicated on Tuesday. The Indian Space Research Organisation said on September seven ground stations lost communication with Vikram (with rover Praygan tucked inside it), minutes before its planned soft-landing on the Lunar surface. Since then the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency had been making "all possible" efforts to establish link with the lander but had apparently suspended those operations 10 days ago following night fall on the Moon. "Now it's not possible, it's night time there. May be after this, probably we will start. It's night time at our landing site, power may not be there", the Isro Chairman K Sivan told PTI on Tuesday. "We will make efforts afterwards (during day-time on lunar surface) also," he said. The Chandrayaan-2 was a highly complex mission, which brought together an orbiter, lander and rover to explore the unexplored south pole of the Moon. The mission life of the lander and the rover will be one Lunar day which is equal to fourteen earth days, Isro had said prior to the launch. Some space experts believe regaining link with the lander now appears extremely difficult. "I think finding link after so many days is going to be extremely difficult but there is nothing wrong in trying," an Isro official said on condition of anonymity. #isromissions #isro #chandrayaan2 #vikramlander
Also, ISRO has constituted a national level committee consisting of academics and agency experts to analyse the cause of the communication loss with the lander.
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We will continue to keep going forward — propelled by the hopes and dreams of Indians across the world! Chandrayaan 2 updates- . 🚀All Payloads of orbiter are powered. . 🚀Initial trials for orbiter Payloads are completed successfully. . 🚀Performance of all orbiter Payloads is satisfactory. . 🚀Orbiter continues to perform scheduled science experiments to complete satisfaction. . 🚀National level committee consisting of academicians and ISRO experts are analyzing the cause of communication loss with lander. Animation credit @greyverse #chandrayaan2 #isromissions #isro
Sharing an image on the orbiter heading towards Moon on Instagram, ISRO updated the citizens about the assessment.
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‘98% success rate’ for Chandrayaan-2 not my words, it was panel’s initial assessment: Isro chief Indian Space Research Organisation chairman K Sivan explained why he claimed a 98% success rate for the Chandrayaan-2 mission, what exactly PM Narendra Modi told him on the morning of September 7 and the space agency’s achievements from the country’s second moon mission. He said 98% success rate are not my words. That was the success rate given by the committee in its initial assessment. It arrived at the figure after considering all the milestones achieved during the mission: From the launch of Chandrayaan-2 till the final descent of the lander. The liftoff of launcher (GSLVMKIII) was successful and thereafter, the module’s earth-bound manouevres, trans-lunar injection, lunar-orbit insertion, lunar-orbit manoeuvres and lander-orbiter separation were all perfect. Even the final descent of Vikram till last leg was perfect. The committee arrived at the figure as most of the mission objectives were met. What are the findings of the committee’s report? The committee that is looking into the reasons of the control room losing contact with Vikram on September 7 consists of members of academia and Isro experts. It will submit its report directly to the PMO in a few days as the PM is our department head. Depending upon his advice, we will decide the next course of action. #isromissions #isro #chandrayaan2