India’s eye on universe ready for tests

Scheduled to be launched later this year, ASTROSAT, the first dedicated Indian astronomy mission aimed at studying distant celestial objects is now fully assembled.

Details:

  • Astrosat is India’s first dedicated astronomy satellite and is scheduled to launch on board the PSLV in October 2015.
  • ASTROSAT would be India’s first multiwavelength astronomy satellite. It will facilitate simultaneous observations of celestial bodies and cosmic sources in X-ray and UV spectral bands.
  • It will be placed in a 650-km (400 miles) orbit with an 8° inclination for spectroscopic studies of X-ray binaries, supernova remnants, quasars, pulsars, galaxy clusters and active galactic nuclei at a number of different wavelengths simultaneously, from the ultraviolet band to energetic x-rays.

India's Astrosat

Astrosat will be a proposal-driven general purpose observatory, with main scientific focus on:

  • Simultaneous multi-wavelength monitoring of intensity variations in a broad range of cosmic sources
  • Monitoring the X-ray sky for new transients
  • Sky surveys in the hard X-ray and UV bands
  • Broadband spectroscopic studies of X-ray binaries, AGN, SNRs, clusters of galaxies and stellar coronae
  • Studies of periodic and non-periodic variability of X-ray sources

Other details:

  • It is significant to note that ASTROSAT is the first mission to be operated as a space observatory by ISRO.
  • ASTROSAT carries four X-ray payloads, one UV telescope and a charge particle monitor.

The mission will put India in an elite orbit with the U.S., Europe, Russia and Japan.

Sources: The Hindu, astrosat, ISRO.

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