India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander has crashed while attempting to reach the Moon’s surface in September.
The country has finally revealed the news after months of uncertainty. The India Space Research Organization (ISRO), the one behind this project, had previously only unveiled the fact that the contact with the lander was breached. However, a new report says that the Indian government’s Department of Space allegedly said the lunar vehicle had a disastrous landing on the Moon due to an issue with its braking thrusters.
As per a written response to the House of People, known as Lok Sabha, the lander, Vikram, was separated, according to the plan, from the orbiter on September 2nd. After two fruitful de-orbiting tactics, the lander was programmed to achieve a smooth landing on the Moon on September 7th.
An Allegedly Successful Accomplishment
According to the Minister of State for the Department of Space, the first stage of the landing process was managed nominally from an altitude of 30 kilometers (18 miles) to 7.4 kilometers (4 miles) above the lunar surface. Velocity was also reduced from 1,683 meters per second to 146 meters per second.
On the other hand, in the second stage, the velocity decrease was more significant than the default value. Because of this, Vikram performed a hard landing in an area of 500 meters. The velocity that was programmed for a smooth landing did not match the setting.
Even so, the Minister of State said that the remaining components of the technical achievement, such as the launch, vital orbital maneuvers, lander separation, de-boost, and the serious braking phase, were fruitfully accomplished.
The lander’s expedition life has grown by seven years because of the accurate launch and good functioning of the orbiter. All eight top-of-the-line scientific tools incorporated into the orbiter are now functioning the way they should. Still working away, they are providing important scientific data.
ISRO is allegedly making plans to launch Chandrayaan-3 in November of 2020.