India: K Sivan: Focus on future missions: Sivan informs scientists of an internal address | India News

BENGALURU: K Sivan President, ISRO who analyzed the reasons for the failure of the soft landing of Vikram, the lander of Chandrayaan-2 [19459003]] 7 September, the TOI has taught scientists to move and focus on future projects.
Sivan spoke to scientists and engineers at Isro on Monday September 9 and told him the same thing, even as the Internal Fault Analysis Committee (FAC) was investigating the events that led to the change in trajectory and Vikram's forced landing. At least two people who heard the address confirmed it to you.
"Our president spoke to us via the internal network. He concluded that Chandrayaan-2 had achieved 100% for Orbiter Science and 95% for Landing Technology. Instead of landing softly, we made a hard landing. He told us not to worry and focus on aligned projects, "said a scientist from Isro at TOI.
Among other things, Isro has a mission at Sun, a space flight mission, a joint mission with
la NASA (Nisar) and several other satellite missions.
The space agency, which largely remained silent about why Vikram was changing course and the disorientation that led to the failure of the soft landing attempt, has repeatedly said that Chandrayaan -2 had been a success.
Sivan himself pointed out in his media interviews that one could not call the mission a failure. He even said that the landing part of the mission was only a "technological demonstrator", even that worked well until the last moment.
"Vikram Lander has been located by the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, but no communication with him at the moment. Every effort is made to establish communication with the landing gear. "
Antenna JPL of 70 m
While Isro tries to contact Vikram using the 32 meters antenna installed in Byalalu, his deep space network center near Bengaluru to a scientist told TOI: "We even tried to contact Vikram via 70 antenna belonging to the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) of NASA. But there was no signal from Vikram. "
Another Isro official confirmed it to you and said: "We have a contract with JPL and we use every means to make contact with Vikram. "
While Isro continues to send orders in the hope of receiving news from Vikram, the agency will only have time for the September 21, after which Vikram will lose the sunlight for 14 days. It is still unclear whether Isro can communicate with Vikram in the remaining days, as there has been no update of the state of transponders and antenna on Vikram.
"The antenna must be oriented in the right direction and Vikram must also be powered if contact is to be established," said one source.
However, Isro has not yet officially announced the status of LG. Sivan had previously told TOI that the agency did not have enough information to speak conclusively about Vikram's situation.

This article appeared first (in English) on THE TIMES OF INDIA