New High as Orbiter Exits Earth Pull - The New Indian Express

New High as Orbiter Exits Earth Pull

Published: 02nd December 2013 08:05 AM

Last Updated: 02nd December 2013 08:15 AM

There is now something Indian that is outside Earth’s influence. ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission has successfully hurled out of Earth’s orbit and set on a path to Mars.

ISRO officials have said all systems aboard the spacecraft are in perfect order, and that they expect no hitches on the trip to Mars.

The Liquid Apogee Motor, the main engine of the Mars Orbiter Mission producing 440 Newtons of thrust, was fired for over 22 minutes. This gave the spacecraft an incremental velocity of 648 m/second, taking its overall velocity to the level required for it to tear away from its orbit of the home planet.

“This is a major step for the mission. It has vindicated us. The engine’s delivered with great precision. The spacecraft cut off the thrust once the targeted velocity was reached.

The fuel supply is also at healthy level for the future phases of the mission,” said a source at ISRO.

The Mars Orbiter Mission will now coast along under the influence of the Sun’s gravitational pull, before its elliptical path coincides with that of Mars. But that’s 300 days away.

If it does successfully enter Mars orbit, it would make India the first country to get it right on its first mission to Mars.

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