New Delhi, January 7
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) performed the first move to raise the orbit of the Aditya-L1 spacecraft on Sunday. This spacecraft is India’s first observatory in space that studies the sun. This happened one day after the probe was placed in a low orbit around the earth by a PSLV XL launcher. According to ISRO, the satellite is working well and is doing its job as expected. The first maneuver on earth was a success and was done in Bengaluru at ISTRAC.
ISRO said that the new path of the orbit is 245 km high and 22,459 km wide. They also mentioned that the next move is planned for 03. 00 hours on September 5. Aditya-L1 will remain in orbits around the Earth for 16 days.
The spacecraft will perform four more maneuvers to increase its speed before it can travel to its destination, which is 1% of the distance between the earth and the sun.
After 16 days, the spacecraft will start moving towards its “home” around a point called L1. This journey will take 110 days. When Aditya-L1 reaches the L1 point, it will be put into an orbit around that point which is in a balanced gravitational location between the earth and the sun. The satellite will continuously go around L1 during its entire mission.