Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Adithya L1 Updates: Successfully Completes First Orbit Raising Exercise

Indias very first Sun observation spacecraft Aditya L1, inched a step closer by successfully completing its first orbit-raising exercise.

The launch of Aditya-L1 by PSLV-C57 launch vehicle was successfully accomplished by ISRO on Saturday.

“Aditya-L1 Mission: The satellite is healthy and operating nominally. The first Earth-bound maneuvre (EBN#1) is performed successfully from ISTRAC, Bengaluru. The new orbit attained is 245km x 22459 km. The next maneuvre (EBN#2) is scheduled for September 5, 2023, around 03:00 Hrs. IST,” ISRO said in a post on X (formally Twitter).

The vehicle has already placed the satellite precisely into its intended orbit, from where it would be proceeding on its journey towards its destination of Sun-Earth L1 point on a 125-day voyage.

The spacecraft will be finally placed in a halo orbit around the Lagrange Point 1 (L1) of the Sun-Earth system.

A satellite placed in the halo orbit around the L1 point has the major advantage of continuously viewing the Sun without any occultation or eclipses. This will provide a greater advantage of observing the solar activities and its effect on space weather in real time.

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