“India’s mission to Mars has overcome a technical problem and appears to be back on track”, India’s space research agency ISRO says.
The problem occurred on Monday when a planned engine burn failed to raise the spacecraft’s orbit around Earth from 71,623km to 100,000km. A problem with the thruster caused the Mars Craft to fall short of the mark. As a solution, the Mars-craft used an additional thruster firing to make up for the shortfall early on Tuesday.
The Indian Space Research Organisation – ISRO has now pushed the spacecraft to a higher velocity as planned.
“The final orbit will be known in a few hours”
Speaking to Indian news channel NDTV, ISRO’s chairman K Radhakrishnan said: “All is well and operations completed as planned. The final orbit of the spacecraft will be known in a few hours.”
Mr Bagla told BBC News that the “spacecraft has been put on required velocity and seems to be on track”.
Instead of flying directly to Mars, the Mars Craft is scheduled to orbit Earth for nearly a month, building up the speed to “slingshot” its way out of the earth’s gravitational pull to reach its destination – The Red Planet.