Thursday, July 30, 2009

Indian Space Program

The space commission was set up in the year 1972.The executive wing of the commission is the department of space which operates through a major set up called ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization).The Indian Space Research Organization was established in the year 1969 at Bangalore. Research and development activities under the space program are carried out under various centers/ units of ISRO.
The major centers are:
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)
ISRO Satellite centre (ISAC)
SHAR Centre
Liquid Propulsion System Centre
Space Application Centre (SAC)
National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA)
Physical Research Laboratory (PRL)
The National Mesosphere, Stratosphere, troposphere, Radar Facility (NMRF)
Development and Educational Communicational Unit (DECU)
ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTARC)
Master Control Facility
ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (ILSU)
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC):
It is located at Thumba in Trivandrum. VSSC is the largest ISRO centre. It provides technology base for the country's indigenous satellite launch vehicle development efforts. The space physical laboratory is also located in VSSC.
In a successful multi-mission India's polar satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C7 takes off from its beachside launch pad at Sriharikota on march 10th 2007 and injects four satellites into precise orbit; two of which, namely Cartosat-2and SRE (Space capsule Recovery Experiment) are from India while LAPAN-TUBSAT is a joint venture of Indonesia and the Technical University of Berlin, and the PEHUENSAT-1 is of Argentina

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