Space Observatory ASTROSAT Launched

unnamed (1)India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on September 28, successfully launched ASTROSAT, the country’s Multi Wavelength Space Observatory along with six foreign customer satellites into a 644.6 X 651.5 km orbit inclined at an angle of 6 degrees to the equator. ASTROSAT is India’s first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory. This scientific satellite mission endeavours for a more detailed understanding of our universe. ASTROSAT is designed to observe the universe in the Visible, Ultraviolet, low and high energy X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum simultaneously with the help
of its five payloads.  The orbit is close to the intended one. This was the 30th consecutive success for PSLV. The launch took place at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, the spaceport of India. The 320 tonne, 45 m tall PSLV-C30 carrying seven satellites including the 1513 kg ASTROSAT, lifted off at 10 Hrs IST. After 22 minutes ASTROSAT was placed in orbit and separated from the PSLV-C30. Separation of six co-passenger satellites was completed in three minutes. Satellites carried by PSLV-C30 together weighed about 1631 kg at lift-off.

 

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