Three X-ray astronomy instruments, the LAXPC, SXT, and the CZT imager
are presently being built for the Indian Multi-wavelength Astronomy
The Institute has developed expertise in designing and fabricating
satellite and balloon borne instruments in infrared and X-ray &
Gamma ray astronomy. This includes electronics laboratories, clean
rooms, thermovac chamber, calibration facilities and a large mechanical
The Institute scientists, routinely fly a 100 cm diameter infrared
telescope, a large area (2500 sq cm) hard X-ray proportional counter
telescope and a large area (1200 sq cm) phoswich detector telescope
from the balloon facility, Hyderabad.
The department scientists are also involved in developing a new
generation of space based instrumentation for the coming millennium
including high time resolution spectroscopy of Sun, high pressure
gas filled proportional counters, soft X-ray mirrors etc.
The Department has an extensive computing and image processing
facility to support the astronomy programmes.
The Institute runs a large Balloon Facility which is the only
one of its kind at equatorial latitudes. The Balloon facility
at Hyderabad is capable of launching balloons carrying payloads
of up to 1 ton to an altitude of 30 to 42 kms. The instruments
can be controlled and tracked through an extensive telemetry and
Apart from this, other Departments in the Institute run the
and High Energy Gamma Ray
and Cosmic Ray observatories
with which extensive collaborations are possible.
The Institute has a wide range of expertise and research activities
in all major fields in physics, Chemistry and Biology. This allows
access to experts in a lot of fields making it possible to develop
multi disciplinary activities.