Lander Vikram has not crashed as the communication channel between orbiter and Lander is still on, said former ISRO Director D Sasikumar. He said that the communication loss with Vikram lander may not have been due to crash-landing.
It may be mentioned here that after a successful journey of 48 days from Sriharikota to the Moon, the last few minutes of the Chandrayaan-2 Mission proved to be disappointing to ISRO as it lost communications with the Vikram lander when it was about 2.1 kilometres from the surface of the Moon.
“We have to find out from the communication data whether it is a soft landing or it is a crash landing. In my opinion, it is not a crash landing because the communication channel is on between the lander and the orbiter. It should be intact. So, let us hope after the analysis done, we may be able to get the final figure,” said D Sasikumar. However, ISRO has not made any official announcement yet as it is analyzing the data.
The lander – Vikram successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on September 2 and was planned to land on the far side of the moon. However, the Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon.