The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said that Aditya L1, the country’s first solar mission, successfully performed the second Earth-bound manoeuvre.
The space agency’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) carried out the operation.The spacecraft moving to L1 point has now moved from its previous orbit of 282 by 40,225 kms to 245 by 22,459 kms around Earth. The satellite will undergo four Earth-bound orbital manoeuvres before placing in the transfer orbit towards the Lagrange point L1 in 125 days. The third Earth-bound manoeuvre is scheduled on 10th September at 2.30 am. Aditya L1 mission will provide information on Solar corona and conduct in-situ observations of the solar wind at L1 point which is about 1.5 million kilometres away from Earth. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C57 had successfully launched Aditya L1 spacecraft on 2nd September.