PSLV successfully placed Astrosat and 6 foreign satellites in the orbit
In its 31 flight Indian’s workhorse launch vehicle- Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle – C30 successfully placed India’s Astrosat satellite apart from 6 foreign satellites including four US satellites, in the designated orbit on Monday.
Astrosat is India’s first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory. This scientific satellite mission endeavours for a more detailed understanding of our universe. One of the unique features of Astrosat mission is that it enables the simultaneous multi-wavelength observations of various astronomical objects with a single satellite. The PSLV took off majestically from the first launch pad in Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota in AP at 10 am on September 28.
Besides the 1513 kg Astrosat , six satellites from international customers have been injected into the orbit. The satellites include 76 kg LAPAN-A2 of Indonesia, 14 kg NLS-14 (Ev9) of Canada and four identical LEMUR satellites of USA together weighing about 28 kg.
ISRO Chairman, A.S. Kirankumar congratulated the team involved in the mission. SHAR Director Kunhi Krishnan said “PSLV established a permanent place in the international market with this success.”
Astrosat will observe universe in the optical, Ultraviolet, low and high energy X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, whereas most other scientific satellites are capable of observing a narrow range of wavelength band. Multi-wavelength observations of Astrosat can be further extended with co-ordinated observations using other spacecraft and ground based observations. All major astronomy Institutions and some Universities in India will participate in these observations.
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