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ASTROSAT mission
Author(s): Kulinder Pal Singh; S. N. Tandon; P. C. Agrawal; H. M. Antia; R. K. Manchanda; J. S. Yadav; S. Seetha; M. C. Ramadevi; A. R. Rao; D. Bhattacharya; B. Paul; P. Sreekumar; S. Bhattacharyya; G. C. Stewart; J. Hutchings; S. A Annapurni; S. K. Ghosh; J. Murthy; A. Pati; N. K. Rao; C .S. Stalin; V. Girish; K. Sankarasubramanian; S. Vadawale; V. B. Bhalerao; G. C. Dewangan; D. K. Dedhia; M. K. Hingar; T. B. Katoch; A. T. Kothare; I. Mirza; K. Mukerjee; H. Shah; P. Shah; R. Mohan; A. K. Sangal; S. Nagabhusana; S. Sriram; J. P. Malkar; S. Sreekumar; A. F. Abbey; G. M. Hansford; A. P. Beardmore; M. R. Sharma; S. Murthy; R. Kulkarni; G. Meena; V. C. Babu; J. Postma
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Paper Abstract

ASTROSAT is India’s first astronomy satellite that will carry an array of instruments capable of simultaneous observations in a broad range of wavelengths: from the visible, near ultraviolet (NUV), far-UV (FUV), soft X-rays to hard X-rays. There will be five principal scientific payloads aboard the satellite: (i) a Soft X-ray Telescope (SXT), (ii) three Large Area Xenon Proportional Counters (LAXPCs), (iii) a Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride Imager (CZTI), (iv) two Ultra-Violet Imaging Telescopes (UVITs) one for visible and near-UV channels and another for far-UV, and (v) three Scanning Sky Monitors (SSMs). It will also carry a charged particle monitor (CPM). Almost all the instruments have qualified and their flight models are currently in different stages of integration into the satellite structure in ISRO Satellite Centre. ASTROSAT is due to be launched by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in the first half of 2015 in a circular 600 km orbit with inclination of ~6 degrees, from Sriharikota launching station on the east coast of India. A brief description of the design, construction, capabilities and scientific objectives of all the main scientific payloads is presented here. A few examples of the simulated observations with ASTROSAT and plans to utilize the satellite nationally and internationally are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91441S (29 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062667
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Kulinder Pal Singh, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
S. N. Tandon, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy & Astrophysics (India)
P. C. Agrawal, Univ. of Mumbai (India)
H. M. Antia, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
R. K. Manchanda, Univ. of Mumbai (India)
J. S. Yadav, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
S. Seetha, Indian Space Research Organisation (India)
M. C. Ramadevi, ISRO Satellite Ctr. (India)
A. R. Rao, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
D. Bhattacharya, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
B. Paul, Raman Research Institute (India)
P. Sreekumar, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. Bhattacharyya, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
G. C. Stewart, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
J. Hutchings, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
S. A Annapurni, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. K. Ghosh, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
J. Murthy, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
A. Pati, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
N. K. Rao, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
C .S. Stalin, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
V. Girish, ISRO Satellite Ctr. (India)
K. Sankarasubramanian, ISRO Satellite Ctr. (India)
S. Vadawale, Physical Research Lab. (India)
V. B. Bhalerao, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
G. C. Dewangan, Inter-Univ. Ctr. for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)
D. K. Dedhia, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
M. K. Hingar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
T. B. Katoch, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
A. T. Kothare, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
I. Mirza, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
K. Mukerjee, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
H. Shah, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
P. Shah, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
R. Mohan, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
A. K. Sangal, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. Nagabhusana, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
S. Sriram, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
J. P. Malkar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India)
S. Sreekumar, Vikram Sarabhai Space Ctr. (India)
A. F. Abbey, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
G. M. Hansford, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
A. P. Beardmore, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
M. R. Sharma, ISRO Satellite Ctr. (India)
S. Murthy, ISRO Satellite Ctr. (India)
R. Kulkarni, ISRO Satellite Ctr. (India)
G. Meena, ISRO Satellite Ctr. (India)
V. C. Babu, ISRO Satellite Ctr. (India)
J. Postma, Univ. of Calgary (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9144:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Mark Bautz, Editor(s)

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