K Sivan, the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), recently updated the media on Chandrayaan 2. He notified the people that the orbiter is doing very well even though there has been no contact with the Lander. He further added that a jury of people is now contemplating what went wrong with Vikram, the Lander. Furthermore, he stated that maybe after an analytical report is submitted can the organisation work on a plan of action in regards to future projects.
K Sivan, ISRO Chief: #Chandrayaan2 orbiter is doing very well. All payload operations have commenced, it's doing extremely well. We have got no signal from lander but orbiter is working very well. A national level committee is now analysing what really went wrong with the lander. pic.twitter.com/XZKC2KKoNO— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2019
ISRO Chief K Sivan: Maybe after the committees submits the report, we'll work on the future plan. Necessary approvals and other processes are required. We are working on that. https://t.co/mFe3B40pnT— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2019
K Sivan in an update to the media elucidated on the status of the orbiter stating that it is in good shape. However, no contact has been established with Vikram, the Lander. At the time Vikram was scheduled to land, ISRO's Deep Space Antenna lost communication with the Lander as it descended towards the lunar surface. The Lander had descended from 30 km to 2km efficiently. However, during the final smooth braking stage, it had lost communication with Mission Control.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has recently been able to capture a series of photos. The spacecraft flew over the area of the landing site of Vikram when the local lunar time was near dusk. John Keller, LRO Mission deputy project scientist, stated that 'large shadows covered much of the area'. The Lander Vikram was aimed at soft-landing on the moon which would have made India the fourth country to do so.