Bhubaneswar: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chairman K Sivan is not a disappointed man. He exudes confidence when he arrived here on Friday to deliver keynote address at the 8th convocation of the IIT Bhubaneswar(IIT-Bh) on Saturday.

Sivan, while speaking to media persons at Bhubaneswar Biju Patnaik International Airport, said that the Chandrayaan-2 mission was 98% successful and Isro is gearing up for its next mission Gaganyaan, the first manned space mission of India.

Asserting that, ” We are saying Chandrayaan-2 achieved 98% success” he said “Out of the two objectives- science and the other technology- the technology demonstration success percentage was almost full.”

The Isro chief said that the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter is doing very well.

“Orbiter continues to perform scheduled scientific experiments to complete satisfaction. All the eight instruments in the orbiter are performing excellent”, he said while adding, ” “The orbiter was initially planned for a year, but with the optimum mission planning there is every possibility that it will last for another 7 and half years benefiting us for science experiments.”

Speaking about the lander, he said “We are yet to establish communication with it .” According to him the scientists are trying to gauge the lapses, to see what exactly went wrong with Vikram lander. He said, “As soon as we avail any data, necessary steps will be taken subsequently.”

Stating that Isro’s next priority is Gaganyaan mission, he said “We have set a traget to achieve this by the end of next year.”