Bangalore, Sept. 9: As the entire nation stood by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) during the launch of Chandrayaan 2, the successful mission skipped a heartbeat of the nation with Lander Vikram losing its communication 2 kms away from its landing spot. However, the bright Indian Scientists revived the hopes as ISRO Chief K Sivan confirmed saying, "We've 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 is also seeking to find out how the sensors installed on the Vikram lander behaved during the powered descent towards the lunar surface.
Now, further in this crucial situation, ISRO, and Israel’s SpaceIL to team up for the next expedition of Lander Vikram who lost communication in lower lunar orbit. ISRO and SpaceIL are planning to exchange notes; because SpaceIL also lost her robotic lunar lander on April 2019.
As per the official statement, after ISRO’s failure analysis committee finishes its inquiry into how and why the Vikram lander lost the communication link with the master control room. ISRO and SpaceIL are planning to exchange notes to find out the common factors in the powered descent of both the landers that caused them to lose communication links in the final phase of the landing process.
The SpaceIL had launched the Beresheet mission, having a robotic lander to land on the lunar surface, on 22 February this year onboard the Falcon 9 rocket of the US private space agency, SpaceX. The Beresheet completed the Earth-bound orbits in little over a month and entered the lunar orbit. However, when the lander started the powered descent to the moon's surface, its sensors were blinded by the Sun’s glare, causing it to lose its orientation as the gyroscopic engine - that autonomously controlled the speed and direction - failed.
This lunar lander, but instead of decelerating the lander, it accelerated it, resulting in crashing of the lander on the lunar surface at a speed of 500 kmph on 11 April 2019.
About this development, ISRO stated, We do not know exactly what we are going to find, but there is a possibility that something common has occurred in both (Chandrayaan-2 and Beresheet) landing operations going awry.