Skip to comments.100 Days of MOM – India’s 1st Mars Mission Streaking to Red Planet Rendezvous
Posted on 02/16/2014 11:35:25 AM PST by BenLurkin
Feb. 12, 2014 marked 100 Days of MOM since the picture perfect blast off on Nov. 5, 2013 from Indias spaceport at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, atop the nations indigenous Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) which placed the probe into its initial Earth parking orbit.
A series of six subsequent orbit raising maneuvers ultimately culminated with the liquid fueled main engine firing on Dec. 1, 2013 for the Trans Mars Injection(TMI) maneuver that successfully placed MOM on a heliocentric elliptical trajectory to the Red Planet.
The first of four in flight Trajectory Correction Maneuvers, TCM-1, was conducted by firing the 22 Newton Thrusters for a duration of 40.5 seconds on December 11, 2013. A trio of additional TCM firings are planned around April 2014, August 2014 and September 2014.
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That seems a great investment for India, particularly when millions are starving in the streets. I’ve been there a number of times. The poverty is simply overwhelming.
It was Christianity that made Western Civilization great. Without it, every “world leader” is a despot, caring nothing for the starving millions.
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Not to count the hundreds of people who die from bad whiskey from time to time.
Otherwise the problem is at their end.
MOM and MAVEN will make 5 active Mars orbiters from 3+ space agencies this September.
Of course, the U.S. also has a couple of active surface rovers on Mars, as well.
Pretty big leap for India to tackle Mars so early in their Space program.
India’s first successful orbiting of a satellite was in 1980, and its only Moon orbiter was 2008 (included an impactor that technically placed India’s flag at the South Pole of the Moon in a sort of controlled-crash-landing).