ISRO finds Vikram lander, yet to establish contact : Report
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Sivan said to ANI: We have found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface & orbiter has clicked a thermal image of Lander.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Sivan said to ANI: We have found the location of Vikram Lander on lunar surface & orbiter has clicked a thermal image of Lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact. It will be communicated soon. ISRO didn’t confirm the status of the lander yet.
ISRO chief K Sivan and his team members had conducted a review to address the reason of the loss of communication with the Vikram Lander during its maiden attempt to land in the south polar region of the moon.
They suspected that the lander lost control because of malfunctioning of one of the 5 thrusters that could have destabilized the vehicle.
India's maiden mission was a half success after the Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram lost communication 2.1 kms away from landing on the moon's surface. The Chandrayaan-2 lander carried the Pragyan rover.
After Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai, it is named as 'Vikram', the father of the Indian Space Programme, Which designed to execute a soft-landing on the lunar surface.
The Chandrayaan-2 is a unmanned moon mission and its cost is Rs 978-crore the satellite cost is Rs 603 crore, GSLV MK III cost Rs 375 crore.
On July 22, India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 has successfully launched the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the Earth's orbit.
On August 14, the spacecraft starts its journey towards the moon, on August 20 it successfully entered the lunar orbit by performing Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuver.
Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram successfully separated from the orbiter on September 2, following which 2 de-orbiting manoeuvres were performed to bring the lander closer to the Moon.