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India to launch Astrosat in 2015: ISRO

India to launch Astrosat in 2015: ISRO

The Indian space agency is developing Astrosat - an astronomical satellite to study stars and other celestial bodies and expects to launch it in 2015, said a senior official in Sriharikota Friday.

The Indian space agency is developing Astrosat - an astronomical satellite to study stars and other celestial bodies and expects to launch it in 2015, said a senior official in Sriharikota Friday.

Speaking to reporters after the successful launch of India's second navigation satellite Space Application Centre director AS Kiran Kumar said: "The Astrosat is getting ready. It will be unique."

He said the satellite will cover spectral bands like UV rays, visible and X-rays which the Hubble Space Telescope does not have.

According to Kiran Kumar, the satellite is expected to be launched next year.

Queried about the status of Aditya satellite to study the Sun, he said the work is under progress and it would take around three or four years.


first published:April 04, 2014, 21:16 IST