What Happened to India's Chandrayaan-2/Vikram Lunar Lander

On 2019-09-06 the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 lunar exploration spacecraft, which had arrived in lunar orbit on 2019-08-20 and separated its lunar landing component, Vikram on 2019-09-02, began its lunar landing attempt, with Vikram braking from its lunar orbit with a goal of soft landing in the lunar south polar region at 70.9° south latitude and 22.8° west longitude, 600 km from the lunar south pole. This was not to be, with telemetry from the lander showing it making a final descent much too fast for soft landing, followed by loss of signal. There followed a Soviet-style silence, with anonymous reports from ISRO personnel that the lander was on the surface but in a tilted orientation and unable to communicate with Earth.

Independent analysis of radio transmissions by observers in other countries indicated the lander had crashed on the Moon and eventually NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter imaged the impact site, removing any doubt about the spacecraft’s fate.


Now, almost four years later, ISRO dirrector S. Somanath presented a detailed description of Vikram’s crash on the Moon, caused by a combination of a rocket engine not performing as expected and flight software unable to compensate for the resulting deviation from the planned trajectory. This was part of a conference held on 2023-08-05. I have cued the following video to start at the talk “Chandrayaan-2 Mission & Outcome” at the 37:27 point; skip back to the beginning if you want to see the whole thing.

The audio and image quality in this live stream is execrable: “If they can put a pile of rubble on the Moon, why can’t they make an audio recording that’s intelligible?” It’s one of those mysteries of 21st century technology.

On 2023-07-14, Chandrayaan-3, ISRO’s next attempt to land on the Moon, was launched and is as this writing (2023-08-11) in lunar orbit, with a plan for its lander and rover to attempt landing on 2023-08-23. This mission does not include an orbiter to observe the Moon after releasing the lander: the spacecraft is simply a ferry to carry the lander to its release point in lunar orbit.


That’s what India gets for sending its best engineers to take over the US information infrastructure like, oh, uhm… Intel?



OK, how about this:

As per Minimalist Rules for Sortocracy §4.2:

4 New individuals qualify for admission to Sortocracy under one of 2 conditions:
4.2 Territorial acquisition: A State admitting an individual as a new member of Sortocracy must add territory to Sortocracy equal in value a member’s territorial rent.

The US replaces the 14th Amendment with Sortocracy and immigrants from India wage war on the Muslim occupied regions of India, sending them to the territories originally designated for them under partition and they call go back to India declaring Vivek their Prime Minister who, of course, recognizing the success of commercial rocketry in the US as compared to horrors like NASA (or India’s equivalent in the ISRO) demands that the Constitution for this incipient new State to be admitted to the US, prohibit the establishment of any government funding for technology development and to ensure private capital is available for risk investments, outlaws all taxes on economic activity. Oh, and to reverse the decline of Hindu fertility (especially compared to Islam), mandates that all tax revenue be sent out evenly to men registered for the draft so they can outbid The Economy (and government) for the fertile years of women.

Hey, a guy can dream…

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