ISRO plans to develop next-gen astronomy satellite;India’s first astronomy mission AstroSat

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to develop a next-generation astronomy satellite. ISRO had launched its first mission for the purpose of astronomy AstroSat on September 28, 2015. The mission has a life of five years. It is still functional. “AstroSat is expected to last some more years. We can expect some more results to come which will be path-breaking,” said AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO and Mission Lead, AstroSat.

On the possibility of ISRO launching the next mission for astronomy, Kumar said, “Not AstroSat-2. Next Generation.”

AstroSat, India’s first satellite for astronomy was successfully launched on September 28, 2015, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. It was launched on 6 foreign satellites by ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C30 (PSLV-C30). It has completed five years in September 2020.

With a resolution three times more than NASA’s Galex mission, AstroSat has mapped star clusters, explored satellite galaxies of the Milky Way called Magellanic Clouds. With the launch of AstroSat, India joined the league of countries with space observatories namely the US, Russia, Japan, and the European Space Agency.

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