U R Rao Satellite Centre , Bengaluru is engaged in research and development in various facets of science and engineering related to spacecraft technology like astronomy, electronics, thermal, mechanical, material science, computer science etc. Many URSC developments are taken up by the academic and research and development institutions through ISRO sponsored research (RESPOND) program. ISRO also has collaborative research and development programs with academic institutions/universities through ISRO-cells. URSC undertake regular Research Fellows to carry out research work in relevant areas. Research Fellows are encouraged to register for doctorate program in leading academic institutes. The research activities carried out in URSC are regularly published in various national and international peer reviewed journals. In addition, URSC also has its own in-house periodicals like "Journal of Spacecraft Technology".
The Space Astronomy Team along with Space Science Instrumentation Facility (SSIF) at U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) is involved in scientific research and instrumentation, in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, solar physics, planetary science, and space weather.
In addition to this, SSIF is setup to assist external colleges, universities and institutions in the design, development and realization of space-worthy science payloads. This shall be carried out in active collaboration with the proposing scientist(s). The primary responsibility of space astronomy team for SSIF is to analyse the scientific and technological requirements of identified proposals, converting the scientific requirement into instrumentation, help them developing the laboratory model of the payload, and oversee the realisation of associated Qualification and Flight payloads at SSIF. Through these activities, space astronomy team provides domain expertise support for developing new scientific payload from laboratory model to the qualification and flight model. This involves simulation and modelling guidance, student training and establishing commonly required major test systems and science calibration facilities. To facilitate the external institutions, space astronomy team has the resources like simulation expertise, basic infrastructure (1000 class clean room, and updated astronomy and electronics laboratory) and system design expert.
Space astronomy team has so far developed and flown various scientific payload experiments like Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) Experiment, Indian X-ray Astronomy Experiment (IXAE), Solar X-ray Spectrometer (SOXS), High Energy X-ray Spectrometer (HEX), Chandrayaan-1 Soft X-ray Spectrometer, Scanning Sky Monitor (SSM) and Geostationary RAdiation SPectrometer( GRASP) in various missions.
The team is currently involved in the realization of the following scientific payloads:
Under the SSIF program, the following activities are being carried out: