AstroSat is an Indian astronomical observatory satellite.
After the successful performance of the satellite-borne Indian X-ray Astronomy Experiment (IXAE), launched aboard Indian IRS-P3 satellite on 21 March 1996, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has approved instrument development for a full fledged astronomy satellite, named ASTROSAT, for timing, spectral and imaging studies of celestial sources over a wide spectral band. A large number of leading astronomy research institutions in India and abroad are jointly building various instruments for the satellite.
The scientific objectives of ASTROSAT mission are:
AstroSat carries the following instruments.
ASTROSAT will be launched into space by ISRO launcher PSLV-XL in 2015.
|Type / Application:||Astronomy, ultraviolet and X-Ray|
|Equipment:||UVIT, LAXPC, SXT, CZTI, SSM, CPM|
|Propulsion:||8 times; 11 N hydrazine monopropellant thrusters|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Mass:||1513 kg; 1470 kg (dry)|
|Orbit:||650 km × 650 km, 6°|
|AstroSat||2015-052A||28.09.2015||Sr FLP||PSLV-XL||with LAPAN A2, exactView 9, Lemur-2 1, Lemur-2 2, Lemur-2 3, Lemur-2 4|