Chandrayaan 2: After no contact has being established with the ISRO’s Vikram lander, former scientists from the space organization have started believing that the hard landing on the lunar surface may have disabled the communication system. ISRO have been trying to communicate with the Vikram lander since the space organization lost its communication from the 335 metres away from the surface of the moon – just 69 seconds before the touchdown.
Reportedly, the Vikram lander was travelling at the velocity of 59 m/sec or 212 km/hr and a horizontal velocity of 48.1 m/sec or 173 km/hr. Former ISRO scientist and the project director of Chandrayaan 1 moon mission, M Annadurai stated factors contributing to the loss of communication. He said that the Vikram lander lost the communication due to terrain where it landed and its position and velocity.
Earlier on Tuesday, the ISRO stated that “Vikram Lander has been located by the orbiter of Chandrayaan 2, but no communication with it yet. All possible efforts are being made to establish communication with lander.” The Vikram lander was equipped with the communication linkage to the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter, which is still in its orbit around the moon and earth stations.