After successfully launching India’s second navigation satellite, Director of Space Application Centre (SAC) AS Kiran Kumar informed that Astrosat will cover spectral bands like UV rays, visible and X-rays which the Hubble Space Telescope does not have.

According to sources, while the Hubble was 2.4 metre in diameter, Astrosat would be 300 mm.  

On being asked about the status of Aditya satellite to study the sun, Kiran Kumar reportedly said that the work is under progress and it would take around three or four years.

Aditya was proposed to be sent to space by 2015–16 to study the solar corona. It was conceptualised by the Advisory Committee for Space Research in January 2008.


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