Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei
Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) plans to raise the orbit of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) to an apogee height of 2,00,000 kms by November 30.
So far, the space agency has carried out five orbit raising manoeuvres since the Orbiter was successfully launched on 5 November, 2013.
ISRO suffered a glitch in the fourth orbit raising operations of the MOM and took the apogee to only 78,276 km from 71,623 km against the target of 1,00,000 km. Following which, a supplementary fourth orbit raising or the fifth orbit raising manoeuvre was done on Tuesday with the ISRO successfully completing the process, placing the Mars spacecraft to an apogee height of 1,18,642 km.
ISRO scientists now hope the next orbit raising, which is expected to take place by November 30, will take the spacecraft to an apogee height of about 2 lakh kms.
“After that, the desired departure conditions will arrive on December 1st when Trans-Mars Injection manoeuvre is scheduled,” ISRO scientists remarked.