ISRO Aditya-L1: Aditya L-1, sent by the Indian Space Agency for research on the Sun, has now gone out of Earth’s orbit. Aditya L-1 has now left for the last leg of its journey, it will cover a distance of about 15 lakh kilometers from the Earth. The Indian Surya Mission will now travel for about 110 days. ISRO has given information about going out of Earth’s orbit through its official Twitter handle.
ISRO wrote on Twitter that Sun-Earth towards L1 point! Trans-Lagrangian point 1 insertion has been successfully performed. The spacecraft is now outside Earth’s orbit, which would take it to the Sun-Earth L1 point. It will be installed in a classroom. After about 110 days it will settle around L1. This is the fifth consecutive time that ISRO has changed the orbit of the Sun mission.
Scientific data collection has started: ISRO
ISRO announced on September 18 that the Supra Thermal and Energetic Particle Spectrometer (STEPS) instrument, which is a part of the Aditya Solar Wind Particle Experiment (ASPEX) payload, has started collecting scientific data. STEPS was developed by PRL with support from SAC in Ahmedabad. STEPS consists of six sensors that probe in different directions. While giving information, ISRO had also said that the STEPS equipment had become active around September 10.
Aditya L-1 will have a life span of five years
Aditya-L1 was launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on September 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. Following launch, Aditya-L1 conducted four Earth-bound maneuvers between September 3 and September 15. Aditya-L1 has seven payloads dedicated to comprehensive study of the Sun. Five payloads were developed by ISRO and two by Indian academic institutions in collaboration with the space agency. Aditya-L1 has a mission life of five years, during which its payload will gather information most important for understanding the problem of coronal heating.