Aditya-L 1 mission: Know how European agency supports ISRO’s solar study mission

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Aditya-L1 marks India's first mission to study the Sun, focusing on our dynamic star's mysteries. It was launched on September 2nd, 11:50 IST from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

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After launch, Aditya-L1 journeys to the Sun-Earth system's first Lagrange point (L1) for its scientific observations.

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Seven instruments on Aditya-L1 aim to answer open questions about the Sun. Four instruments observe the Sun directly, while the remaining three conduct in-situ measurements in interplanetary space.

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ESA's Role: ESA extends crucial support to Aditya-L1 in two key ways: deep space communication services and validation of flight dynamics software.

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Communication is vital for every space mission, enabling data retrieval, safety checks, and real-time tracking.

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Deep Space Tracking: ESA's global network of deep space tracking stations, adhering to international standards, offers essential assistance for tracking, commanding, and data reception from spacecraft.

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Ramesh Chellathurai, ESA Service Manager, and Liaison Officer for ISRO, emphasises ESA's vast network, including three 35-metre deep space antennas in Australia, Spain, and Argentina.

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For Aditya-L1, ESA serves as the primary ground station provider, supporting every mission phase, from launch to its journey to L1 and routine operations for the next two years.

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ESA's deep space antennas in Australia, Spain, and Argentina, along with support from Kourou station in French Guiana and Goonhilly Earth Station in the UK, are actively involved in the mission.

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Aditya-L1's successful mission benefits from ESA's vital communication services and expertise, marking a collaborative step towards understanding the Sun's enigmatic nature.

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