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NASA LRO past over the Vikram landing site on 17 september 2019
it made several high resolution picture from orbit, those are now being processed at NASA for publication

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NRO is the Moon paparazzi, really. Whatever happens there, it takes photos sooner or later.
 

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latest Statement Vikram lander “hard landed” on the moon Sept. 6 because of a problem with the lander’s braking thrusters.
That is sad that Vikram hard landed on the moon, at least we now know the reason of the loss of contact was problems with the breaking thrusters.
 

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ISRO is now confident that the errors that occurred will be corrected during Chandrayaan-3, which has been cleared for launch in 14-16 months.
 

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ORIGINAL CAPTION: Mr Narayanan says India's rocket project suffered because of the scandal


One winter afternoon a quarter of a century ago three policemen arrived at a house in a narrow lane in the southern Indian city of Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala.

The officers were polite and respectful, Nambi Narayanan remembers.

They told the space scientist that their boss, a deputy inspector general of police, wanted to talk to him.

"Am I under arrest?" Mr Narayanan asked.

"No sir," the officer said.

It was 30 November 1994. The 53-year-old scientist led the Indian space agency's cryogenic rocket engine project, and was responsible for acquiring the technology from Russia.

Mr Narayanan walked out to the waiting police vehicle. He asked whether he should sit in the front or the back - suspects were usually dumped in the back seat.
The policemen asked him to sit in the front, and the Jeep rolled out of the lane.

When they arrived at the police station, the boss wasn't there, so Mr Narayanan was asked to wait on a bench. Policemen gaped at him as they passed by.

"They had that look as if they were looking at someone who had done some crime," Mr Narayanan says.

He waited and waited. The boss didn't turn up.

As night fell, he dozed off on the bench. When he woke up next morning, he was told he was under arrest.
A scrum of journalists had arrived, and within hours newspapers were describing him as a traitor - a man who had sold rocket technology to Pakistan, after falling into a honey trap set by two women from the Maldives.

His life was never the same again.
Apart from Mr Narayanan, five others had also been accused of espionage and transferring rocket technology to Pakistan. One was his colleague at Isro, D Sasikumaram; there was also Ms Rasheeda and her friend (neither of whom Mr Narayanan had met, before he was arrested); and two other Indian men, an employee of the Russian space agency and a contractor.
But from the 78-year-old's point of view, the story is not finished yet. In 2018, the Supreme Court ordered an investigation into the role of the Kerala police in the fabrication of the case against him, and Mr Narayanan is keen to see the results. "I want people who fabricated this case against me to be punished," he says. "One chapter is over, but the next chapter is still there."

The motive for the plot against him and the five others remains a mystery.

Was it a conspiracy by a rival space power - as Mr Narayanan suspects - to scuttle India's development of cryogenic rocket technology, which eventually became the backbone of the country's successes in space? Did it have to do with rivals who were nervous about India forcing its way into the commercial satellite launch market with competitive prices? Or was it purely a product of corruption with India itself?

"It was born out of one conspiracy. But the conspirators were different with different motives, and the victims were the same set of people," says Mr Narayanan.

"Whatever it is, my career, honour, dignity and happiness were lost. And the people who were responsible for this are still scot free."
 

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according those sources

ISRO is building another Launch Center in Tamil Nadu
South of India for polar orbits (SSPO), because from the current used lies Sri Lanka in way
first launch around 2022

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View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGre9rJ0I1k



On Privat India Space firm

Skyroot Aerospace,
they build the Vikram 1 rocket (3 stage sold brings 255kg into SSPO) to be launch 2021
the Vikram 2 two solid from 1 but third stage has Methanlox engine
the Vikram 3 like 2 but bigger payload faring and stap on solid booster 720 kg in 45° orbit

Agnikul Cosmos,
Agnibaan rocket, complete 3D Printed hardware, use Kerolox, three stage, to be launch in 2022

Bellatrix Aerospace
Chetak rocket, two stage all Methanlox engine, first stage re-usable, 150 kg in 750 km SSPO.
planned launch 2023, but form moment the company need Financier to continue R&D on Chetak

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Remember Chandrayan 2 ?

There claims in India media that it's rover Pragyan operate on surface of Moon


If that's real why we do not receive telemetry and Data from the Rover ?
Because, unlike the OTHER Rovers "Pragyan" is a quite, reserved and reflective rover, only speaking when spoken to :)

Randy
 

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Wouldn't NORAD and NASA observes every rocket launch on the planet? They should know if an Indian Rocket reached Luna or not...
 

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Wouldn't NORAD and NASA observes every rocket launch on the planet? They should know if an Indian Rocket reached Luna or not...
They have and confirmed that Chandrayan 2 reach the Moon...
...Only the hard way
 
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