The Aditya-L1 spacecraft underwent a successful third orbit-raising maneuver to Earth, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said.
The orbit expansion maneuver was controlled from ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru and the space agency’s ground stations in Mauritius, Bengaluru and Port Blair tracked the satellite during the critical operation to take India’s first solar mission a step closer bring the future. his destination.
The third Earth-bound maneuver (EBN#3) is successfully conducted from ISTRAC, Bengaluru.
ISRO’s ground stations at Mauritius, Bengaluru, SDSC-SHAR and Port Blair monitored the satellite during this operation.
The newly achieved orbit is 296 km x 71767 km.… pic.twitter.com/r9a8xwQ4My
— ISRO (@isro) September 9, 2023
After the successful maneuver, the satellite’s new orbit reached a size of 296 km x 71767 km. The next maneuver is scheduled for September 15 around 2 a.m., ISRO said.
ISRO’s ambitious mission to study the Sun was successfully launched on September 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The spacecraft has already completed two orbital maneuvers to Earth and will perform one more before being placed in the transfer orbit towards the Lagrange point L1. The spacecraft is expected to arrive at the L1 point after 125 days in its intended orbit. Earlier, the Aditya-L1 satellite shared stunning images of the Earth and the moon.
The Aditya-L1 spacecraft will observe the Sun from Lagrange point 1 or L-1 point, which is 1.5 million km from Earth. According to ISRO, a spacecraft placed in the halo orbit around the L1 point has the advantage of being able to view the Sun continuously without any occultation or eclipses. This will provide a greater advantage in observing solar activities and their effect on space weather in real time.
The main objectives of the mission are: – To study the physics of the solar corona and its heating mechanism, the acceleration of the solar wind, the coupling and dynamics of the solar atmosphere, the distribution of the solar wind and its temperature anisotropy, and the origin of Coronal Mass Ejections (CME). and flares and space weather near Earth.
The successful launch of the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, which was on board the PSLV rocket, added another feather to ISRO’s position as one of the leading space agencies in the world. Nearly two weeks before the launch of the solar mission, ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 made a soft landing near the moon’s south polar region, making India the first country to successfully soft land in that region and the fourth country on the lunar surface.