Bangalore (ISJ): India?s ambitious mission to Mars would blast off on October 28, after a national committee of experts gave its green signal for the Rs. 450 crore scientific expedition. Top scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO gave a detailed presentation on the mission to the Committee last week, before the clearance was given.
Former ISRO Chief Prof. U.R. Rao, eminent space scientist Roddam Narasimha and scientists from Indian Institute of Science were part of the national committee. The mission is currently being tested for various functions at ISRO?s Satellite Integration and Testing Establishment in Bangalore, before its shipment to Sriharikota Spaceport,
from where the spacecraft will be launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25). Assembly of PSLV-C25 is in the final stages, while the rocket is also getting ready for satellite integration by mid-October. Mars Orbiter Mission, after moving into earth?s orbit will move into deep space for nearly 10 months, using its own propulsion system and reach Martian transfer trajectory by September 2014. Mars Orbiter Mission is ISRO?s first interplanetary mission to Mars with the spacecraft designed to orbit the planet in an elliptical orbit of 372 km. by 80,000 km. The primary objective of the mission is to showcase India?s technological prowess to design a spacecraft, which can reach Mars (Martian transfer Trajectory) and orbit around the red planet (Mars Orbit Insertion), which takes about nine months time. Another key technological challenge is to realize deep space mission planning and communication management at a distance of nearly 400 million kms. The Mission will also conduct meaningful experiments to look for signs of life, take pictures of the red planet and study Martian environment.