India’s Mars Orbiter Mission has completed its 6 months lifespan but still it is left with enough fuel to last a few years more, said A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)..
The MOM went into the 15-day blackout phase during solar eclipse when Sun intervened between Mars and Earth. Scientists lost the direct connection with the probe and during those two weeks the orbital went into autonomous mode. According to the ISRO scientists, they started receiving signals from 19 June.
When asked about the next blackout phase, Kumar said that similar solar eclipse will occur two and a half years from now. He further added fuel consumption of MOM has been very less than thought previously and it is still left with 45 kg of fuel that is enough for surviving several years from now. In fact, one can not deny the chances of MOM facing the next blackout phase.
The reason behind MOM left with so much fuel is that scientists took into account various tough situations in which fuel consumption might have been greater but the journey of Mangalyaan went smooth and it saved lot of fuel.
For the Magalyaan mission, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) bagged the prestigious Space Pioneer Award 2015. The award was presented by the US’ National Space Society (NSS) in the Science and Engineering category during the 34th Annual International Space Development Conference held at Toronto in Canada during May 20-24, 2015.
The Mangalyaan mission was launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) under the presence the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 November 2013 and the orbiter entered in the orbit nearly after nine months of journey on 24 September, 2014. With the Mangalyaan mission, India became the first country in the world to send a probe on Mars in its very first attempt. European, American and Russian probes have managed to orbit or land on the planet, but after several attempts.