Astrosat, India’s first space observatory, turns six

Astrosat, India’s first space observatory, has completed six years of successful operations.

Launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on September 28, 2015, Astrosat not only exceeded expectations for a five-year mission, but also continues to remain operational to this day.

This multi-wavelength observatory, designed in the 1990s, saw the collaboration of scientists from ISRO, the Interuniversity Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Raman Research Institute, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, the Tata Fundamental Research Institute and the Physical Research Laboratory. Thanks to its unique on-board instruments, the 1,513 kg Astrosat has opened up new areas of space exploration to Indian and international astronomers.

Payloads including Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT), Large Area X-ray Proportional Counters (LAXPC), Soft X-Ray Telescope (SXT), Zinc Cadmium Telluride Imager ( CZTI), Sky Scanning Monitor (SSM), and Charged Particle Monitor (CPM), have been carefully designed to perform unique observations.

Building on its success, the scientific community is setting up a successive mission with state-of-the-art instruments, the work of which is currently underway.

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