New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has confirmed a significant milestone in Bharat’s inaugural solar mission, Adithya L1, as it nears its destination. The space agency reported the successful completion of a Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM) on October 6, a critical operation to ensure the probe stays on its designated path.
The TCM was executed for approximately 16 seconds. It played a pivotal role in fine-tuning Adithya L1’s trajectory, supporting it on its journey to Trans-Lagrangean Point 1, the intended destination for the solar mission.
Trajectory Correction Maneuvers are crucial in space missions, ensuring that the spacecraft follows its designated path without deviation. The magnetometer is scheduled to be powered up in the coming days. This instrument, designed to measure the strength and direction of magnetic fields, will play a crucial role in analyzing interplanetary magnetic fields at the L1 point.
On the last day, the probe started traveling beyond the Earth’s sphere of influence. This is the first time since the Mangalyaan mission that ISRO has dispatched a spacecraft beyond Earth’s magnetosphere.
“A Trajectory Correction Maneuvre (TCM), originally provisioned, was performed on October 6, 2023, for about 16 s. It was needed to correct the trajectory evaluated after tracking the Trans-Lagrangean Point 1 Insertion (TL1I) maneuvre performed on September 19, 2023. TCM ensures that the spacecraft is on its intended path towards the Halo orbit insertion around L1” ISRO posted on its website.