Working on plans for future moon mission, says ISRO chief K Sivan

James Marshall
September 27, 2019

ISRO Chairman K Sivan on Thursday said a plan is being worked out for moon mission in future, after Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 had a hard landing. But the most important mission, Sivan said, is the Gaganyaan mission - India's manned mission to the moon.

He said the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 is doing "very well" and all the payload operations have commenced. He added that a national level committee is analysing what went wrong with the lander. "We will send two unmanned missions to space, one of them will be by end of 2020 and second is targeted to be launched by August 2021 so that we can have the manned mission by December 2021", he said. A national-level committee is now analysing what really went wrong with the lander.

On September 19, the senior official of the US space agency confirmed that its moon orbiter has captured images of the lunar region where the Indian mission made an unsuccessful attempt to soft-land. Necessary approvals and other processes are required.

Speaking at the American Center in Kolkata on Wednesday, Devereaux said, "The Indian scientists did very well. We are working on that", he added.

The Chandrayaan 1 mission had been "spectacularly successful" which confirmed about the significant presence of water on the Moon, Devereaux said. It would also have made India the first country to complete a soft landing near the South Pole on its first attempt.

Chandrayaan-2 comprised an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan). Though the location of the lander was traced, communication with it couldn't be established.

"We could not have established any communication with the lander yet". We achieved total success in science objective while in the technology demonstration, the success percentage was nearly full.

"At first, we have to understand that what happened with the lander, after that we will think what to do in further", the ISRO chief further had stated.

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