HYDERABAD: Electronics Corporation of India Limited on Thursday, expressed pride at being associated with Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) by providing the 32-meter diameter Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) Antenna needed for tracking, telemetry and command applications of the MARS mission program of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) through ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC).
The Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), ISRO Satellite Center (ISAC) and ISTRAC also collaborated in the development, which cost `65 crore. It precisely points to the MOM orbiting round Mars almost 65 crore km away from the Earth.
ECIL’s involvement was right from framing the specifications to testing and commissioning of the antenna system. The realization of this 32-meter diameter IDSN antenna involved almost all the disciplines of engineering.
ECIL supported the country’s Mars Mission Program Mangalyan right from the time of launch on November 5, 2013 to acquisition of signal from MOM when it entered the Mars orbit on September 24, 2014.
The acquisition of the signal from MOM by the IDSN antenna at Bylalu, Bangalore occurred at 11.35 a.m. on September 24, approximately three and a half hours after reception of Radio signals at Canberra station in Australia, where the Mars Orbiter is visible over the Indian sub-continent.
ECIL positioned its professionals for this antenna system at Bylalu during the entire journey of 65 crore km spread over a period of almost 11 months.
The antenna will continue to play a vital role during acquisition of valuable data and photographs from Mars using the five crucial scientific instruments which form part of Mars Orbiter Mission’s payload.
Earlier, in the year 2008, the same antenna from Electronics Corporation of India Limited was used for country’s first lunar mission CHANDRAYAAN-1.