All possible efforts being made to establish communication with Lander Vikram: ISRO

Pablo Tucker
September 10, 2019

Efforts are underway to see whether communication can be re-established with the lander but chances of that could be bleak with full system functionality a prerequisite to restoring contact, officials explained.

Most of the payloads are intact on the orbiter, which had an initial lifespan of one year, but is expected to function for at least seven years, according to the latest statement from ISRO.

The ISRO chief added that the Orbiter has clicked a thermal image of Lander. But there is no communication yet.

"We are trying to establish contact. It will be communicated soon", Sivan told.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) tweeted an update on its Chandrayaan-2 ("Moon Vehicle 2") mission, which blasted off in July with India hoping to become just the fourth country to make a successful soft lunar landing. Minutes before its scheduled soft-landing, the communication with Vikram Lander was lost.

After five earth-bound orbit raising activities, Chandrayaan-2 was inserted into lunar orbit.

Meanwhile, the "Vikram" lander of Chandrayaan 2 mission has been located by ISRO on the moon's surface.

"The lander is there as a single piece, not broken into pieces". The orbiter is safe in the intended orbit around the moon. The Orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera (0.3m) in any lunar mission so far and shall provide high-resolution images which will be immensely useful to the global scientific community. With the "precise launch and mission management", the orbiter's life span will extend to nearly seven years.

Vikram, with rover "Pragyan" housed inside it, hit the lunar surface after communication with the ground-stations was lost during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of Saturday. The Lander was scheduled to land on the Moon's South Pole, a mission never attempted.

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