Our lab in space
Primepost News Desk
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has sprung a surprise. The premier space research agency announced on Sunday, that it would launch a space observatory Astrosat on September 28. If it succeeds in putting it in the required orbit, India will join a select few to have a lab of its own in outer space. The US, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency have so far launched space observatories.
The 1.5 ton Astrosat will be launched by a PSLV C-30 rocket from Sriharikota at 10am. Accompanying Astrosat will be one micro satellite each from Canada and Indonesia, and 4 nano satellites from the US.
“The mission envisages an earth orbiting scientific satellite with payloads capable of simultaneously observing the universe in the visible, ultraviolet and X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum,” said an ISRO statement.
Besides ISRO, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics and Raman Research Institute were involved in Astrosat development.