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    • Early In-orbit Performance of Scanning Sky Monitor Onboard AstroSat

      M. C. Ramadevi B. T. Ravishankar N. Sitaramamurthy G. Meena Brajpal Singh Anand Jain Reena Yadav Anil Agarwal V. Chandra Babu Kumar Ankur Kushwaha S. Vaishali Nirmal Kumar Iyer Anuj Nandi Girish V. Vivek Kumar Agarwal S. Seetha Dipankar Bhattacharya K. Balaji Manoj Kumar Prashanth Kulshresta

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      We report the in-orbit performance of Scanning Sky Monitor (SSM) onboard AstroSat. The SSM operates in the energy range 2.5 to 10 keV and scans the sky to detect and locate transient X-ray sources. This information of any interesting phenomenon in the X-ray sky as observed by SSM is provided to the astronomical community for follow-up observations. Following the launch of AstroSat on 28th September, 2015, SSM was commissioned on October 12th, 2015. The first power ON of the instrument was with the standard X-ray source, Crab in the field-of-view. The first orbit data revealed the basic expected performance of one of the detectors of SSM, SSM1. Following this in the subsequent orbits, the other detectors were also powered ON to find them perform in good health. Quick checks of the data from the first few orbits revealed that the instrument performed with the expected angular resolution of 12’ × 2.5 and effective area in the energy range of interest. This paper discusses the instrument aspects along with few on-board results immediately after power ON.

    • Innovations in the AOCS of AstroSat spacecraft

      JASVINDER SINGH KHORAL R. ADITYA HARISH JOGLEKAR PRASHANT KULSHRESHTHA MANOJ KUMAR DEEPA PRAMOD A. M. NAGALAKSHMI

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      AstroSat is India’s first mission dedicated to space-based Astronomy and carries a complement of instruments sensitive over a wide spectral region covering visible, ultraviolet, soft X-ray and hard X-ray bands. The spacecraft platform provides the required stability, pointing, power, thermal control, and interface requirements. Among the critical functions of the Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS) were, manoeuvre the spacecraft from one target source to another in an optimal way while avoiding the sun, compensate for the rotational disturbance torque created by the scanning of the SSM payload on the other payloads, primarily the UVIT payload, provide for calibration of all the payloads, which involved manoeuvring through 2-dimensional target patterns. All the above novel control functions, along with the routine house-keeping operations, were designed, developed, and tested extensively on ground, beforedeclaring them as flight-worthy. The payload performance and the resulting science are a testimony to the excellent performance of the on-board Control System.

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