Support Center for Solar Mission (Aditya L1)

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Support Center for Solar Mission (Aditya L1)

Recently, Aryabhata Research Institute for observational Sciences (ARIES) has been assigned the responsibility of meeting the requirement of a ground support center to monitor and coordinate the work on various payloads of the Aditya-L1 mission.

Key Points:

  • The Aditya L-1 will carry seven payloads developed by various institutions across the country. After the mission commences, a ground support center is required to monitor and coordinate the work on its various payloads.
  • This role will be played by ARIES facility ( Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences) which is located near Nainital.
  • An agreement in this context was signed on the basis of the proposal submitted by the ARIES team in January
  • The Aditya-L1 Support Center (ASC) will provide training for guest users through regular workshops.As well as ready-to-use Python and Java apps for satellite data, and will provide demos and handouts for the convenience of guest users.

Mission Aditya L-1:

  • The Aditya L-1 will be ISRO’s second space-based astronomy mission after Astrosat.It will closely observe the Sun and will also study its atmosphere and magnetic field.
  • The mission will have 7 payloads (equipment) on board to study the coronal mass ejections- CME with the sun’s corona, solar emission, solar winds and flares.
  • ISRO has classified the Aditya L-1 as a 400 kg-class satellite, which will be launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL).


  • Astrosat is a multi-wavelength telescope built by India.
  • It was launched by ISRO in 2015 by PSLV from Satish Dhawan Space Center (Sriharikota).
  • The scientific objectives of this mission are to understand high energy processes in two-star systems with neutron stars and black holes.
  • Astrosat satellite is capable of multi-wavelength observation of different celestial bodies at the same time.

Source – The Hindu

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