While the whole country was rooting for Vikram Lander’s safe landing, according to sources, Vikram failed to soft-land on the Moon.However, Vikram’s health is not yet fully ascertained, though it has been accurately located. On the intervening night of September 7-8, the robot researcher, rover Pragyan could not hatch from the shell of Vikram. Even then, the Chandrayaan-2 mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is 90 percent successful.
— ISRO (@isro) September 10, 2019
ISRO has lined up quite a few programmes for the future such as; another moon mission: Chandrayaan-3, sending humans to the moon in Gaganyaan, and a mission to Venus: Aditya L1. Vikram’s failure towards a soft landing might have a close connection with the Gaganyaan mission, which cannot afford to have any margin for error. This ambitious project is expected to be launched in December 2021.
ISRO Chief K Sivan: The preparations for Gaganyaan Mission are underway. It has been a major turning point for ISRO. pic.twitter.com/Ap05lF8jcx
— ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2019
Tow-three astronauts are expected to be on board of Gaganyaan. However, this mission depends on ISRO ‘s error-free control over launch of the crewed spacecraft, the ability to eject in case of a faulty launch, the wherewithal to support life in space and the re-entry of the spacecraft into the Earth’s atmosphere.
According to the suggestions going around, it has been noticed that ISRO might advance the schedule of Chandrayaan-3, which was slated for 2024 to send it before the Gaganyaan mission. This time, however, India is not acting alone with Chandrayaan-3 which is an ISRO mission in collaboration with Japan’s Jaxa (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).
While ISRO is very tempted to reassess its technological prowess by launching robotic missions of space exploration to gain more insight before launching Gaganyaan; K Sivan, ISRO’s chairman says that the future missions of ISRO will not be affected by the failure of Vikram Lander.