Isro launches India's first dedicated space observatory Astrosat

September 28, 2015 20:27 IST
The Indian Space Research Organisation registered another milestone by successfully launching a rocket, including India's first dedicated space observatory Astrosat, from Sriharikota on Monday. The 44.4-metre, 320 tonne PSLV-XL rocket (PSLV-C30) carried one satellite each from Indonesia and Canada, and four nanosatellites from the US, along with Astrosat -- India's first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory that has a lift-off mass of about 1513 kg. Isro’s 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. Credit: KBK