NEW DELHI—India’s first space observatory, Astrosat, is set to launch in October, a senior space scientist says. The spacecraft was fully assembled last week and “switched on,” a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says. “Everything is functioning well.” The 1,650-kg (3,638-lb.) spacecraft carries six instruments for studying distant celestial objects. It will be launched aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-34) from the ...

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