K. Suryanarayana Sarma
Articles written in Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy
Volume 38 Issue 2 June 2017 Article ID 0033 Review Article
A. R. Rao M. H. Patil Yash Bhargava Rakesh Khanna M. K. Hingar A. P. K. Kutty J. P. Malkar Rupal Basak S. Sreekumar Essy Samuel P. Priya P. Vinod D. Bhattacharya V. Bhalerao S. V. Vadawale N. P. S. Mithun R. Pandiyan K. Subbarao S. Seetha K. Suryanarayana Sarma
Charged Particle Monitor (CPM) on-board the Astrosat satellite is an instrument designed to detect the flux of charged particles at the satellite location. A Cesium Iodide Thallium (CsI(Tl)) crystal is used with a Kapton window to detect protons with energies greater than 1 MeV. The ground calibration of CPM was done using gamma-rays from radioactive sources and protons from particle accelerators. Based on the ground calibration results, energy deposition above 1 MeV are accepted and particle counts are recorded. It is found that CPM counts are steady and the signal for the onset and exit of South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) region are generated in a very reliable and stable manner.
Volume 38 Issue 2 June 2017 Article ID 0034 Review Article
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.
Volume 42 All articles Published: 29 May 2021 Article ID 0024 MISSION
AstroSat, a dedicated Space Observatory of India, has completed five successful years of operation in space on 28th September 2020. AstroSat is a quite complex satellite, as it is a multi-wavelength observatory with many scientific instruments. The saga of many agencies, including Indian Space ResearchOrganisation, the lead agency, and many scientists and engineers has resulted in realizing and operating this mission with excellent performance and highly satisfactory results. This mission generated a lot of observations leading to enhanced research activity for Indian astronomers, as well as international astronomers. It has also kindled interest, as expected, in young scientists and science students. The mission still continues in orbit contributing to celestial observations. AstroSat is a collaborative effort of many agencies not only fromIndia but also from international agencies. The managers and the project team had to face many technological and managerial challenges at various stages of the mission. In this paper we present the challenges in conceiving a space science mission in India, and methods adopted to overcome them to make the mission successful. This may help in planning and executing future space science missions, more efficiently, meeting the growing demands from the scientific community involved in the frontier areas of space research.
Volume 43, 2022
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