Volume 288 - Accretion Processes in Cosmic Sources (APCS2016) - Opening Remarks
The Impact of the Indian X-ray satellite, AstroSat, on Accretion Processes in Cosmic Sources
K.P. Singh
Pre-published on: 2018 March 05
Published on: 2018 May 16
Abstract
AstroSat is the first space astronomy observatory launched by India.
It was put into a near equatorial (inclination of 6$^{\circ}$) orbit 650km above the Earth
on 28 September 2015, by the Indian Space research Organisation.
AstroSat carries many telescopes and detectors to observe cosmic sources over a wide wavelength band, from optical/UV to hard X-rays.
All the payloads onboard the satellite have been operating successfully since launch.
Several observations have been carried out and the performance verification and calibration have been completed.
The Observatory is now in full science operation, and is open to the Indian scientific community
since October 2016 for observations.
A very brief introduction to the capabilities of the payloads and some of the early observational
results are presented here.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.288.0007
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