Former ISRO Director D Sasikumar on Saturday said that the communication loss with “Vikram” lander may not have been due to crash-landing.
“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 communication data which is missing is being analysed now, he said.
After ISRO loses contact with Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that space agencies mission to reach moon is bound to succeed. Taking on to twitter, the Home Minster said ISRO’s courage and commitment will ultimately make it successful.
The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is healthy and safe in the Lunar orbit, an ISRO official said after the Vikram lander lost contact with ground stations minutes before the touchdown on Moon’s surface early on Saturday.
“The orbiter is healthy, intact, functioning normally and safely in the Lunar orbit,” the official said. The mission life of the 2,379-kg orbiter is one year. The orbiter payloads will conduct remote-sensing observations from a 100 km orbit.
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.”