Obstacles On Moon may Be Stopping Signals: Former ISRO Scientist

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Mylswamy Annadurai, who was the project director for the Chandrayaan-1 mission, said that the Chandrayaan-2 lander, which went incommunicado minutes before its landing on the Moon on Saturday, may not be able to communicate with the Indian Space Research Organisation due to “obstacles” present on the lunar surface.

The Indian Space Research Organisation, which has since gone into a huddle trying to figure out what happened to the Chandrayaan-2 lander, on Sunday managed to locate Vikram on the lunar surface. Isro, however, has been unable to make contact with the Vikram lander.

Mylswamy Annadurai said that Isro could manage to raise “one-way” communication with Vikram, but it would not last more than 5-10 minutes. “There is always a two-way communication between the orbiter and lander, but we can attempt to communicate through one way. It is a tricky situation but our scientists are capable enough to handle it,” Annadurai said.

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