AstroSat – Configuration and Realization
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AstroSat is India’s first space-based observatory satellite dedicated to astronomy. It has the capability to perform multi-wavelength and simultaneous observations of cosmic bodies in a wide band of wavelengths. This paper briefly summarizes the challenges faced in the configuration of AstroSat spacecraft, accommodation and sizing of its critical subsystems, their realization and testing of payloads and the integrated satellite.
KeywordsAstronomy AstroSat spacecraft configuration payloads space environment vibration acoustic cleanliness and contamination control
The authors are grateful for the encouragement and guidance given by the Chairman of ISRO throughout the design, development, realization and launch of AstroSat. The authors are also thankful to Shri. V Koteswara Rao, former Project Director – AstroSat, for his critical reviews and precious feedbacks. The authors also thank the AstroSat team members for their support in all the project activities and necessary inputs.