Launch of Astrosat – 1st dedicated Indian astronomy mission
The Astrosat is the first dedicated Indian astronomy mission launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Astrosat was launched successfully onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C30 on 28th September 2015 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The objectives of the mission are to study the stars and galaxies in Ultraviolet, optical and X-ray wavelength bands to enhance our understanding of the universe. The sanctioned cost of Astrosat is Rs 177.85 crores and the cost incurred upto end March 2015 is Rs 172.68 crores (provisional).
This information was provided the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a reply to an unstarred question by Shri Mohite Patil Vijaysinh Shankarrao, Shri Dhananjay Mahadik, Shri Satav Rajeev, Dr. Heena Vijaykumar Gavit, Shrimati Supriya Sule, Shri T. Radhakrishnan and Dr. J. Jayavardhan in Lok Sabha today.