ISRO officially confirms locating Vikram lander, silent on whether it is intact

ISRO has posted on its website saying: “Vikram lander has been located by the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2, but no communication with it yet.” It does not say if it is intact or broken into pieces. In a first direct official confirmation, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday (September 10) morning tweeted and posted … Continue reading ISRO officially confirms locating Vikram lander, silent on whether it is intact

ISRO: Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander came tantalisingly close to creating history

While it is indeed unfortunate that Vikram lander failed to safely touchdown, it is important to remember that ISRO was attempting powered landing for the first time. To put it in perspective, there have been 38 attempts so far by other countries to land a rover on the Moon and have succeeded only a little … Continue reading ISRO: Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander came tantalisingly close to creating history

Chandrayaan-2: GSLV Mark III-M1 vehicle reduces number of orbit-raising exercises, saves fuel

The GSLV Mark III-M1 vehicle launched Chandrayaan-2 satellite in the Earth Parking Orbit with an apogee (farthest distance from the earth) of 45,475 km, which is about 6,000 km more than originally envisaged. As a result, the number of orbit-raising manoeuvres needed to take the satellite to the highest orbit has been reduced from six … Continue reading Chandrayaan-2: GSLV Mark III-M1 vehicle reduces number of orbit-raising exercises, saves fuel

Chandrayaan-2 soars to the Moon

Earlier this year, China landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, which is a first ever attempt by any country. Now, India is attempting a similar feat — to land its rover Pragyan in the Moon's South Polar region, a place that no country has attempted so far. A decade after … Continue reading Chandrayaan-2 soars to the Moon