Fo­cus on fu­ture mis­sions, Isro chief tells sci­en­tists

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Ben­galuru: Isro chair­man K Si­van on Mon­day told sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers to fo­cus on up­com­ing projects. The space agency is cur­rently analysing the un­suc­cess­ful soft-land­ing of Vikram, the lan­der on Chan­drayaan-2, on Septem­ber 7. Mean­while, the internal fail­ure anal­y­sis com­mit­tee is (FAC) prob­ing into events that led to the change in tra­jec­tory and even­tual crash-land­ing of Vikram.

At least two peo­ple who heard the Mon­day ad­dress con­firmed it to TOI. “Our chair­man ad­dressed us through the internal net­work. He con­cluded that Chan­drayaan-2 is done with 100% suc­cess for or­biter science and 95% suc­cess for land­ing tech­nol­ogy. In­stead of soft­land­ing, we had a hard land­ing. He told us not to worry and in­stead con­cen­trate on lined-up projects,” an Isro sci­en­tist said.

Among other things in its pipe­line, Isro has a mis­sion to Sun, a hu­man space­flight mis­sion (Ga­ganyaan), a joint mis­sion with Nasa (Nisar), and a slew of other satel­lite mis­sions. Isro’s at­tempts to con­tact Vikram us­ing the 32-me­tre an­tenna at Byalalu — it’s deep space net­work cen­tre near Ben­galuru — has been fu­tile.

While the space agency con­tin­ues to send com­mands hop­ing to hear back from the lan­der, it will have time un­til Septem­ber 21, af­ter which Vikram will lose sun­light for the next 14 days.

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