Main Liquid engine was successfully test fired on Mars Orbitar which is scheduled to rendezvous with the red planet on September 24. More than 200 ISRO scientists successfully carried out crucial fourth trajectory correction manoeuvre and test fired the main liquid engine on the spacecraft today.
The 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) engine now in an idle mode on the Mars Orbitar Mission (MOM) for 300 days was fired for about four seconds for successful insertion of the spacecraft into the Martian orbit.
The MOM, India’s first interplanetary mission was launched on November 5, 2013 by India’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the space port of Sriharikota. ISRO sources told UNI that everything is going fine as per schedule and anxiously waiting for the September 24 for the Orbitar to reach the target.
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