AstroSat data is opened once again by ISRO to invite scientific proposals:

  • AstroSat data is opened once again by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) for inviting scientific research proposals from the nation’s astronomy community.
  • ISRO made this announcement of opportunity (AO) on Tuesday inviting the entire Indian Scientific community for submitting the research proposals towards utilization of data from any and/or all the experiments for limited financial assistance. Also, five Scientific payloads were flown onboard AstroSat.
  • AstroSat data was opened for the last time to the public on September 26, 2018. Therefore, 2021 is the first in three year to once again open the archiving data and allow various Indian researchers to contribute extensive knowledge and data to the Indian space organization.
  • The main purpose of opening this data is for utilizing its archival data for the public so that proper scientific research would be carried out with the help of space scientists across the world.
  • AstroSat is India’s first satellite mission dedicated to Astronomy.  It was launched on September 28, 2015 into a 650km orbit. It is a multiwavelength satellite capable of observing simultaneously from Optical/UV to hard X-rays though soft X-rays.
  • The main objective of this mission is to study the celestial sources in X-ray, optical and UV spectral bands simultaneously.
  • The satellite has unique High-energy X-rays and ultraviolet telescopes working in tandem. These rays and telescopes help the multi-wave length observations to provide a world-class data to the organization. These observations were started just six months aback.
  • Their features include payloads of Ultraviolet (near and far), limited optical, and X-ray regime from 0.3 keV to 100keV.
  • Considering these payloads, AstroSat produces this data and sends it across the globe.
  • Including payloads, other elements including Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT), Soft X-ray Telescope (SXT), Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter (LAXPC), Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) and Scanning Sky Monitor (SSM) are made open for users around the world.
  • Proposals could be submitted by scientists from universities and educational/research institutions in India.
  • The eligibility criteria for leading the project as Principle Investigator (PI) is that the scientist or researcher from any Indian university or educational institution must have at least a minimum remaining service of four years superannuation.

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