Support Center for Solar Mission (Aditya L1)

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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