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Istro will send a satellite to study the sun in 2022

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISTRO) has announced that it will launch an artificial satellite to study the sun in the third quarter of 2022. The name of this satellite is ‘Aditya L1’. Dr. Unnikrishnan Nair, Director, Human Spaceflight Center, told reporters that the satellite will be operating at the point ‘L1’ at a distance of about 1.5 million km from the Earth. The point where the gravitational forces of the two are equal between the earth and the sun is known as the ‘L1’ point. From here, the Aditya L One satellite weighing about 1500 kg will study the sun through various sensors and cameras.

The ‘Aditya’ campaign is going to be a completely scientific campaign. But before that, another scientific expedition is underway, Dr Nair said. The X-PoSat is another space telescope that Istro will launch in the second quarter of 2022 next year. The space telescope will study the source of the ‘global X-ray’ in space.

Notably, the ‘X-PoSat’ will be launched with a new space telescope, Istro. The new launcher is called the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) and is scheduled to take off later this year. Due to this, it will be possible to launch a satellite weighing up to 300 kg at an altitude of 500 km in a very short time.

During 2020-21, Istro had planned 20 space missions. However, Coronona has made only 4 satellite launch missions possible. So space missions are expected to gain momentum in the near future.

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