The Indian Space Research Organization is exploring the possibility of developing a next-generation astronomy satellite, according to a senior space agency official.
ISRO’s first astronomy mission, AstroSat, was launched on September 28, 2015 with a five-year design life. It is still functional.
“(AstroSat) is expected to last a few more years,” Kiran Kumar, who at the time was president of ISRO at the head of the mission team and who chairs the mission, told AS. top scientific committee of the space agency. Confidence of India. “We can expect some more results to come that will be an open road.”
Asked about the possibility of ISRO launching AstroSat-2, he said, “Not AstroSat-2. The next generation … thinking is happening … depending on how the planning happens … then with that (AstroSat) in a “is looking a different way”.
According to ISRO officials, AstroSat data is widely used for the study of various fields of astronomy, from galactic to intergalactic and to users around the world.
The multi-wavelength space observatory, which has five unique X-ray and ultraviolet telescopes working in tandem, had detected ultraviolet light from a galaxy, called AUDFs01, 9.3 billion light-years from Earth.
The discovery was made by an international team of astronomers led by Dr. Kanak Saha, at the Interuniversity Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, and was reported in ‘Nature Astronomy’. This team included scientists from India, Switzerland, France, the USA, Japan and the Netherlands.
AstroSat has also observed for the first time rapid variability in high-energy X-ray emissions (especially> 20keV) from a black hole system, officials noted.
“AstroSat has been a very successful mission and has produced results that are acclaimed worldwide …”, said Dr. Kiran Kumar. “A large number of papers have also been published.”