India’s maiden solar mission, Aditya-L1, is on track to reach its destination at the Lagrangian point (L1) situated 1.5 million kilometers from earth, on January 6, as confirmed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman S. Somanath.
Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota on September 2, Aditya-L1 represents India’s inaugural space-based observatory designed to study the sun from a unique halo orbit at L1.ISRO chairman S Somanath, addressing reporters at the Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan organized by Vijnana Bharati, a science-promoting NGO, revealed, “Aditya-L1 is expected to reach the L1 point on January 6. The exact timing will be disclosed at an appropriate moment.”
Upon reaching the L1 point, the crucial step involves firing the engine once again to prevent further travel. Chairman S Somanath explained, “It will go to that point and once it reaches that point, it will rotate around it and will be trapped at L1.”
Following its successful placement at the L1 point, Aditya-L1 is poised to contribute to solar observations for the next five years. Once it is successfully placed on the L1 point, it will be there for the next five years. For gathering crucial data not only for India but for the entire world. The data will be instrumental in understanding the dynamics of the Sun and its impact on our lives.
Addressing the broader technological ambitions of India, Chairman S Somanath discussed ISRO’s plan to establish an Indian space station, named ‘Bharatiya space station,’ in alignment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directives during the ‘Amrit Kaal.’ In the space sector, we are witnessing the emergence of new players. We are committed to supporting, encouraging, and building the economy around the new generation.