ISRO to launch Aditya-L1 on Sept. 2 to study the sun

ISRO has announced that India’s first Sun mission, Aditya-L1, is scheduled to take off from Sriharikota on September 2 morning.

“PSLV-C57/Aditya-L1 Mission: The launch of Aditya-L1, the first space-based Indian observatory to study the Sun, is scheduled for September 2, 2023, at 11:50 Hrs. IST from Sriharikota,” Isro said in a statement issued on Monday.

Last week, HT had reported about Isro aiming for a launch window of September 1 to September 5, with its most preferred date being September 2.

The Aditya-L1 mission, which will mark India’s first mission to study the Sun, will allow India’s scientists to unlock new insights about the centre of our solar system.

The spacecraft is meant to be placed in a halo orbit around Lagrange point 1 (L1) of the Sun-Earth system, which is about 1.5 million km from the Earth.

Earlier, the mission was conceived as Aditya-1 with a 400 kg class satellite carrying one payload, the Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC), that was to be launched in an 800-km low Earth orbit.