Astrostat , India’s first multi wavelength, Space Observatory sent into Orbit on 28-9-2015 and joins elite group of America,Japan, Russai, Europe. It is a proud moment for Indian Space .
The Space observatory was launched through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C30 from Satish Dhavan Space Center, Sriharikota.
Indian astronomers who used to rely on international resources for X-ray and UV data are now empowered with the indigenous Astrostat.
Astrostat carries the following:
- The Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope - UVIT
- Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter - LAXPC
- Soft X-ray Telescope - SXT.
- Cadmium Zinc Telluride Imager - CZTI .
- Scanning Sky Monitor - SSM ..
Astrostat eventhough not first but best of all rounder in the world currently.
ISRO asserts that "India will be the only country having a multi-wavelength space-based observatory capable of monitoring intensity variations in a broad range of cosmic sources".
It will be placed almost 650 kilometres above the surface of the Earth and is expected to have a mission life of 5-years. The weight of Astrostat 1513 kgs.
It studies studying black holes, neutron stars and extra-galactic systems by making observations in the optical, and X-Ray frequencies.
Blackholes, stars magnetic arena is studied, origin of universe , satellite atmospherte is studied. Till now scientists are using Telescopes for sky watch in the country to carry on research on orbit, astronomy.
Now with the help of Astrostat Far off universe, can be researched by thousands of researchers.
Indian space science data centre , Bangalore Downloads the observations , data and informations and makes available to scientists.