Astrosat: India’s 1st satellite for only astronomy research launched successfully [ Current Affairs ]


About Astrosat Satellite: It’s the Inidia’s first satellite having multi - wavelength space station. Its function is to observe the cosmic bodies like X - ray sources and distant stars. It will observe the universe by UV, optical, low and high energy X - rays of electromagnetic spectrum.

  • Its contents are all scientific having 6 key instruments with a mass of 750 kg.
  • They include UltraViolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT), Soft X - ray imaging Telescope (SXT), LAXPC Instrument, Cadmium Zinc Telluride Imager (CZTI), Scanning Sky Monitor (SSM) and Charged Particle Monitor (CPM)
  • It has a mission life of 5 years.

About its launch:

  • It’s been successfully launched as a space station for astronomy research.
  • It’s been placed in the low equatorial region in 650km orbit in space.
  • Its Ground Command and Control Centre will be located at ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) in Bangalore.

- Published on: September 28, 2015