|Mission type||Mars orbiter|
|Mission duration||6 months (planned)|
|Launch mass||1,337 kg (2,948 lb)|
|Dry mass||500 kg (1,100 lb)|
|Payload mass||15 kg (33 lb)|
|Dimensions||1.5-metre (4 ft 11 in) cube|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||5 November 2013, 09:08 UTC|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan FLP|
|Periareon||421.7 km (262.0 mi)|
|Apoareon||76,993.6 km (47,841.6 mi)|
|Period||72 hours 51 minutes 51 seconds|
|Orbital insertion||24 September 2014, 02:00 UTC
MSD 50027 06:27 AMT
- Project Director – M Annadurai
- ISRO Chairman – K.Radhakrishnan
- 4th agency to reach Mars after Soviet Space Program, NASA and ESA
- Distance – Target was moving at a rapid pace around the sun and adding to that was unknown of venturing into the space.
- Communication – Owing to huge distance (upto 400 million kms), a communication system with low, medium and high gain antenna and other ground antennae was put in place to handle communication which took between 6 to 43 minutes for 2-way communication.
- Power – Demand of strong solar panels by the spacecraft. A solar panel was put in place to generate 840W of power in Martian orbit with 36 AH lithium ion attached onboard for power storage.
- Protection – Designing the spacecraft to avoid all the the thermal and radiation environments on en route to Mars.
Payloads onboard Spacecraft
- Mars Color Camera (MCC) – To capture images and composition of Mars, monitoring dynamic events and weather etc.
- Methane Sensors – To map the sources of methane in Martian environment.
- Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP) – To study the escape process of upper atmosphere as well as water from Mars.
- Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer – To map surface composition and mineralogy of Mars based on thermal emissions.
- Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyzer (MENCA) – To analyze the neutral composition.