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September 28 – October 4, 2015 / Vol 34, No 39 / Hawai`i Island, USA

25 Sep 2015, 20:08 UTC
September 28 – October 4, 2015 / Vol 34, No 39 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Launch of Astrosat Multi Wavelength Observatory Furthering Ambitious India Space Goals
Pioneering indigenous Astrosat mission to lift-off September 28 from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India on Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C30, which will also host 6 small satellites – 4 from USA, 1 Indonesia and 1 Canada. The ability of Astrosat to make simultaneous multi wavelength observations in ultraviolet, visible light, and high / low energy x-rays should advance India space science and technology to new heights. The optical mirror is ~30 cm and encompasses 5 major components: Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT), Soft X-ray Telescope (SXT), Scanning Sky Monitor (SSM), Cadmium Zinc Telluride Imager (CZTI), and 3 Large Area Xenon Proportional Counters (LAXPC). At just under 15% of the mass of Hubble, the 1,513-kg miniature craft is expected to perform observations from a planned 650-km altitude near-equatorial orbit for 5 years, gathering data on black holes, pulsars, quasars and in particular the supermassive black hole thought to be at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. With an impetus to progress national space objectives, India Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar states ISRO plans for “up to 30 launches, including ten GSLV-Mark III, in the ...

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