India's moon mission locates landing craft, no communication yet

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 10, 2019

The mission life of the lander is 14 days that is equivalent to one lunar day.

The ISRO did not, however, say in what condition the lander is on the lunar surface.

The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2. ISRO officials said images sent by the lunar orbiter showed that while the lander appeared to be undamaged, it was in "a tilted position".

"We are trying to establish contact".

On Monday Dr Sivan, while announcing that Vikram had been located, said "it must have been a hard landing".

Since the launch of Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, 2019, not only India but the whole world watched its progress from one phase to the next with great expectations and excitement. At the time connection with Vikram was lost, the lander was just 2km above the moon's surface. The flawless launch of Chandrayaan-2 and the technological capabilities developed by ISRO also ensured that the Orbiter's life was now seven years and not just one year.

The communication with Vikram lander was lost 2.1 km from the lunar surface in the wee hours of Saturday, moments before its planned landing on the south pole region of the Moon. The precise launch and mission management has ensured a long life of nearly seven years instead of the planned one year.

The emerging Asian giant's most complex space mission, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover, was nearly entirely designed and made in India - and cost a relatively modest US$140 million (S$193.1 million). Chances are less. Only if it had soft-landing, and if all systems functioned, then only communication can be restored. There are two cameras for imaging, two payloads that would study x-rays from the sun and the lunar regolith, two that would study the thin lunar exosphere using radio signals, one that would study water ice and one that would study the thickness of lunar soil.

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