Chandrayaan-2 can achieve better results: Ex ISRO Chief

Chandrayaan-2 can achieve better results: Ex ISRO Chief

Former ISRO chief A S Kiran Kumar (DH File Photo)

Despite losing communication with the Vikram lander and the rover housed inside it, the orbiter of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 is capable of achieving "better results", former ISRO chief A S Kiran Kumar said on Thursday.

"Except for the final landing activity, all other activities that were planned are intact," Kumar told PTI.

Elaborating, Kumar said that the orbiter this time is equipped with critical instruments aimed at providing excellent results in comparison to Chandrayaan-1, launched more than a decade ago.

Compared to two of the instruments carried by Chandrayaan, Chandrayaan-1 from the NASA JPL earlier, this time Chandrayaan-2 has instruments which are "outperforming", both in terms of the spectral range of three microns to five micron and radars, according to him.

"Instead of one synthetic aperture radar, (this time) we have two frequency radars. So there are many new capabilities in this. Actually, it helps us achieve better results," Kumar said.

"We are expecting results far in depth because we will be able to map in permanently shadowed regions using our microwave dual frequency censors. And then, we have very high-resolution cameras and large spectral range", he added. The Chandrayaan-2, an ambitious project of the ISRO, was launched on July 22.

It comprised three components -- orbiter, moon lander Vikram and rover Pragyan. The lander was originally planned to touch down on the lunar surface in the early hours of September 7, but just 2.1 km above the moon, it lost contact with ground stations.

ISRO said on Sunday that cameras onboard the orbiter located the lander on the lunar surface, adding that all possible efforts were being made to re-establish contact with Vikram, which has a mission life of 14 days.

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