XPoSat Mission launched! After Chandrayaan-3 mission, Aditya-L1 mission triumphs, ISRO takes another big step | Tech News

XPoSat Mission launched! After Chandrayaan-3 mission, Aditya-L1 mission triumphs, ISRO takes another big step

ISRO successfully launched the XPoSat Mission today and logged yet another historic success after Chandrayaan-3 mission, Aditya-L1 mission.

| Updated on: Jan 01 2024, 10:06 IST
Aditya-L1 mission: Explore which ISRO camera captured the Sun's image, amidst unimaginable heat
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1/6 The Aditya-L1 mission, launched by ISRO on September 2nd, aims to study the solar atmosphere. Recently, Aditya-L1 captured some remarkable photos of the Sun, utilising the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) onboard the spacecraft. (ISRO)
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2/6 SUIT, installed on the spacecraft, is a Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope designed to capture images of the Sun's photosphere and chromosphere. The photosphere refers to the Sun's surface, while the chromosphere extends from the surface to the outermost atmospheric layer, about 2000 kilometres above. (ISRO)
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3/6 SUIT utilised, for the first time, its capabilities to capture full-disk images of the Sun, showcasing features such as solar flares, sunspots, and tranquil areas. These images, shared by ISRO on Twitter, reveal the Sun in 11 different colours. (ISRO)
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4/6 The consortium of institutions, including Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Center for Excellence in Space Science Indian (CESSI), Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Tezpur University, and ISRO scientists collaborated to create SUIT, one of the seven payloads on Aditya-L1. (ISRO)
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5/6 The images were captured using the SUIT's onboard camera on December 5th, revealing the opening and closing of the aperture during the inspection. This mechanism facilitates the entry of solar radiation into the payload and thermal filter. A metal dielectric coating has been applied to prevent damage to the mirror and detector due to excessive heat. (ISRO)
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6/6 According to former ISRO scientist Manish Purohit, the metal dielectric coating reflects most solar radiation outside the range of 200 to 400 nanometers, ensuring that only 1 percent of the flux reaches SUIT's main optical chamber. This innovative solution prevents any potential damage, allowing SUIT to successfully capture full-disk images of the Sun. (ISRO)
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In a proud moment for India, ISRO successfully launched the XPoSat Mission today. (ISRO)

XPoSat Mission launch: In yet another proud moment created by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new satellite has been launched successfully. This project, dubbed as the XPoSat Mission was launched successfully today, the first day of 2024. And, even as ISRO ended 2023 with a huge number of successes, the most notable of them being the Chandrayaan-3 mission and the Aditya-L1 mission, the space agency registered yet another historic triumph by launching this critically important satellite. The satellite was hoisted into orbit aboard the PSLV-C58 rocket. The planned lifetime of XPoSat mission is about 5 years, according to ISRO. Among various other objectives, it will also study X-ray pulsars, black hole binaries, neutron stars, and Magnetars.

The launch came after an exhaustive 25-hour countdown that had commenced on Sunday at 8.10 am. ISRO had scheduled the lift-off at 9.10 am from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, located about 135 kms east of Chennai, on January 1.

Significantly, this was the 60th mission for the PSLV-C58 rocket. It carried as many as 10 other satellites that were to be deployed in low earth orbits.

The spacecraft carried two scientific payloads:

1.POLIX: This is an X-ray Polarimeter for astronomical observations in the energy band of 8-30 keV. The instrument is made of a collimator, a scatterer and four X-ray proportional counter detectors that surrounds the scatterer. This is the first payload in the medium X-ray energy band dedicated for polarimetry measurements.

2. XSPECT: It is an X-ray SPECtroscopy and Timing payload onboard XPoSat, which can provide fast timing and good spectroscopic resolution in soft X-rays. XSPECT would observe several types of sources viz X-ray pulsars, black hole binaries, low-magnetic field neutron star (NS) in LMXBs, AGNs and Magnetars.

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First Published Date: 01 Jan, 09:34 IST