Chandrayaan-2 setback, India loses contact with Vikram lander during descent

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By Sarkaritel September 7, 2019 07:48


India’s space agency lost contact with the Vikram lander around 2.1 km over the lunar surface, in a setback to the country’s maiden attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon’s surface.

As the lander began the 15 minute autonomous descent, it overcame a major hurdle of what is called as the rough breaking phase to go down from a height of 30 kms to around 2.1 kms. Soon after, the lander lost contact with the ground station.

However, the orbiter, which has several instruments on board continues to hover around 100 kms over the moon.

As the graphs deviated on the screens at the control centre in Bengaluru, Isro chairman K Sivan went into a huddle with other scientists including former chairman Kiran Kumar to understand what could have caused the blip. Sivan had called it “15 minutes of terror” due to the uncertainty and the inabiity of the ground station to take control of the spacecraft during the descent.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel September 7, 2019 07:48