Focus on future missions, Isro chief tells scientists
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.