ISRO’s Aditya-L1 — All that we know about India's first solar mission

Sep 17, 2021

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

Aditya-L1, India’s first solar mission to study the sun, will be launched next year in the third quarter,...

...confirmed Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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The mission was pushed from early 2020 to 2022 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Unnikrishnan Nair, director of human spaceflight centre, announced in a conference,...

...“The solar mission Aditya-L1 will be launched in the third quarter of next year (2022) and will provide more insights into the origin of the universe and many other unknowns.”

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The solar mission, which was earlier named as ‘Aditya-1’, was planned to launch in a 800 kilometre (km) ...

...low earth orbit, but now the revised ‘Aditya - L1’ will be inserted in a halo orbit around the L1, which is 1.5 million km from the Earth.

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The spacecraft will be parked on a point between the Earth and the Sun where the centripetal force...

...is exactly equal to gravitational pull, this will help in observing several phenomena from a distance without any hindrances.

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The revised mission will also now carry six additional payloads with new and enhanced scope and objectives.

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According to media reports, ISRO officials also said that besides Aditya-L1,...

...India will also launch its second space observatory named XPoSat in 2022.

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The aim behind the launch of XPoSat is to help astronomers study cosmic sources such as pulsars and supernovae

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Nair also said in the conference,...

...“XPoSat will allow us to study the polarisation of celestial events. It will be launched by an SSLV [small satellite launch vehicle], which is under development. The first development flight will be by the end of this year.”

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