The Indian Mars Orbiter Mission better known as MOM is expected to outlive its calculated lifespan, and in all probabilities, this inter-planetary expedition from ISRO may remain operational even after March 24, 2015.
In a Lok Sabha question hour, the Government informed that MOM will live more than its planned lifespan of six months after its insertion to the Mars orbit.
As per reports from ISRO, the underutilized fuel in the space craft is allowing it to continue the mission.
Answering the question of Rakshatai Khadse of the BJP, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Department of Space said that a reserve of 37 kilogram propellant is available in the satellite as of now. He added that the health parameters of all critical systems in the mars orbiter are satisfactory, and it will allow the spacecraft to continue the mission even after its lifespan of six months.
Mars Orbiter Mission conducted by ISRO is considered as the most economical interplanetary mission which has ever been launched in any country.
By successfully carrying out this mission, India proved that cost effective access to deep space is possible with proper planning and execution. The launch vehicle, spacecraft and ground segment have been materialized with a budget of 450 Crore INR.
Mangalyaan was launched on November 5, 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. Mars Orbiter Mission slipped on to the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014.
Through this mission, India became the first Asian country to reach Mars, and the first in the globe to enter the Martian orbit in the first attempt.