On Monday, Space experts said that, in order to pick up any weak signals or to take a closer look at Vikram Lander, ISRO should not try to reduce the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter because the reduction in orbit can prove dangerous for the Orbiter itself.
According to sources, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is looking at reducing Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter’s orbit from 100 km to 50 km above the lunar surface.
“Reducing the orbit of the Orbiter is a dangerous idea,” a former space agency official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IANS.
“At or above 100 km altitude, the Orbiter is safe. But if it is brought down to 50 km, then it has to be maintained there which requires firing of the on-board engines. If that is not done, the Orbiter will slowly go down,” he added.
ISRO is still to find what is the exact condition of Vikram Lander and experts maintain that the condition of Vikram Lander cannot be accurately ascertained unless the scientists at ISRO manage to establish communication with it.