Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that it will be launching ASTROSAT in October 2015. It will be launched by the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) C-34 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh)
Features of ASTROSAT
• ASTROSAT is the 1st dedicated Indian space observatory mission aimed at studying distant celestial objects.
• The mission is capable of performing observations in Ultraviolet (UV), optical, low and high energy X-ray wavebands at the same time.
• The satellite will be launched to a 650 km near equatorial orbit around the Earth.
• ASTROSAT carries four X-ray payloads, one UV telescope and a charge particle monitor.
• Apart from ISRO, four other Indian institutions, viz., Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and Raman Research Institute (RRI) are involved in the development of payloads among which two of them were developed in collaboration with Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and University of Leiscester (UoL), UK.