ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Thursday that a plan is being worked out for a future moon mission after the hard landing of Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander.
He said that Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter is doing “very well” and all payload operations have begun.
Asked if the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has a similar plan after the hard landing of Chandrayaan-2 lander, Sivan said, “We are making a detailed plan.”
He told reporters at the city’s airport, “A national-level committee has been formed to find out what went wrong with (Vikram) Lander. Once the committee submits its report, Then we will work on what to do in the future. “
Also, the necessary approvals and all procedures have to be finished before making the announcement, he said.
Asked for an update on Chandrayaan-2, he said, “The orbiter is doing very well and all payloads have started operating. We have not received any signal from the lander.”
He said that the country’s space agency has several missions in the months and years to come.
“The most important mission for us is ‘Gaganyaan’, which is a manned mission to space. ISRO is working very hard on it,” he said.
Beginning in 2022, Gagnayan aims to send three astronauts into space and bring them back safely.
“As per the Prime Minister’s announcement, we have to achieve this by 2022,” Sivan said.
Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram had lost contact with the ISRO base while landing on the lunar surface on 7 September. Later, Sivan stated that it had a hard landing.
Chandrayaan-2 consisted of an orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).
Sivan was here to participate in a national conference on the Transform System for Transforming India ’.
Source: Economic Times