Former Indian Spacer Research Organisation (ISRO) Director D Sasikumar on Saturday said that there was no need to feel disheartened as the communication loss with “Vikram” lander may not have been due to crash-landing.
Chandrayaan 2 : “ Communication channel between orbiter and Vikram lander is still on”,says Former ISRO Director
“We have to find out from the communication data whether it is a soft landing or it is a crash landing. In my opinion, it is not a crash landing because the communication channel is on between the lander and the orbiter. It should be intact. So, let us hope after the analysis done, we may be able to get the final figure,” he said.
The Vikram lander was supposed to land on the south pole of the moon between 1:30 am to 2:30 am on the intervening night of Friday-Saturday. This would have been followed by rover (Pragyan) roll-out between 5:30 am to 6:30 am. Minutes before touchdown, Isro lost contact with lander Vikram.
Earlier, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a tweet, “normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost. Data is being analyzed.”
Former Indian Spacer Research Organisation (ISRO) Director D Sasikumar on Saturday said that there was no need to feel disheartened as the communication loss with “Vikram” lander may not have been due to crash-landing.
“We have to be compelled to ascertain from the communication knowledge whether or not it's a soft landing or it's a emergency landing. In my opinion, it's not a emergency landing as a result of the channel is on between the lander and therefore the artificial satellite. It should be intact. So, allow us to hope when the analysis done, we may be able to get the final figure,” he said.
The Vikram lander was speculated to land on the South Pole of the moon between 1:30 am to 2:30 am on the intervening night of Friday-Saturday. This would are followed by rover (Pragyan) roll-out between 5:30 am to 6:30 am. Minutes before touchdown, Isro lost contact with lander Vikram.
Earlier, Indian house analysis Organisation (ISRO) same during a tweet, “normal performance was determined up to AN altitude of two.1 km. Subsequently, communication from Lander to the bottom stations was lost. Data is being analyzed.”