ISRO successfully launches Aditya-L1, its first solar mission, a week after the historic Chandrayaan-3 lunar landing.
The PSLV-C57.1 rocket carrying Aditya-L1 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.
The first Earth-bound firing to raise Aditya-L1's orbit is scheduled for September 3 at around 11:45 am.
The Earth-bound manoeuvres involve rocket firing and angular adjustments to set the satellite on its intended path.
The PSLV has successfully placed Aditya-L1 into its intended orbit.
Aditya-L1 will stay in Earth-bound orbits for 16 days, undergoing five manoeuvres to gain the necessary velocity.
The satellite will undergo a trans-Lagrangian1 insertion, marking the start of its 110-day journey to the L1 Lagrange Point.
It will bind Aditya-L1 to an orbit around this balanced gravitational location between Earth and the Sun.
Aditya-L1 is expected to reach the observation point in four months, where it will be placed in a halo orbit around L1.
Aditya-L1 carries seven different payloads to conduct a detailed study of the Sun, including observations of light, plasma, and magnetic fields.
The strategic location will enable Aditya-L1 to continuously observe the Sun without being hindered by eclipses or occultation.
The spacecraft's data will contribute to a deeper understanding of solar activities and their impact on space weather.