India's Space Program

Founded In 1969

Start of the Indian Space Program

In the year 1969. The Indian space program was born. It was based out of Bangalore (Bengaluru), India. India Space Research Organization and the Soviet Unions first satellite, Aryabhata, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1975. India launched its first space Satellite in 1980 using a four staged solid-fueled Satellite Launch Vehicle 3 which was launched by the United States Of America scout launch Vehicle used first in 1960.

Did you know?

The current chairman of the India Space Research Organization is K. Radhakrishnan.

Rakesh Sharma

Who is Rakesh Sharma you might ask? Well here is your answer. Rakesh Sharma was just a regular Fighter Pilot in the Indian Air Force when he enlisted in 1970. Then it all changed when he was picked to be the first Indian in space. On his flight day April 3 1984, He flew about the Soyuz T-11 with two other soviet cosmonauts. The cosmonauts names were commander Yury Malyshev and flight engineer Gennady Strekalo. They were heading to the space station Salyut 7. On the space station Rakesh preformed experiments that included taking pictures of India and how yoga acts on the body during weightlessness. The mission lasted about 8 days and him and his crew mates landed in Kazakhstan on April 11.

Current and Future events in the Indian Space Program

In 2014 the Indian Space Research Organization will be sending a unmanned ship to the sun. 2015 is going to be a big year for the Indian Space Research Organazation. The ISRO will be planning a missions to go to study venus's atmosphere in may of 2015. In 2015 the Indian Space Research Organization will be trying to send two astronauts into orbit.

Did you know?

In December of 2010, State rune Indian Space Research Organizations satellite GSAT-5P rocket exploded in mid-air right after take off.

Websites Sited/Bibliography

- Indian Space Research Organisation 2013. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Retrieved 26 April 2013, from http://school.eb.com/eb/article-9476597

- "Welcome To Indian Space Research Organisation - Home Page." Welcome To Indian Space Research Organisation - Home Page. Ed. India Space Research Organization, ISRO. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2013. <http://www.isro.org/>.


- Rakesh Sharma 2013. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Retrieved 26 April 2013, from http://school.eb.com/eb/article-9473893