Indian Space Research Organisation

The Indian Space Program


The Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) was founded in 1962 by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai (also was its chairman). INCOSPAR was made by the Indian Government by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai to formulate the Indian Space Program. Finally in 1969, The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) took the place of the erstwhile Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR). Headquartered in Bangalore, ISRO is in command of the Department of Space in India and the Department of Atomic Energy. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai is also considered to be the Father of the Indian Space Program.

Space activities in the country started during early 1960s with the scientific Exploration of upper atmosphere and ionosphere over the magnetic equator that passes over Thumba using small rockets. Realizing the huge potential of space technology for national development, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai thought that this powerful technology could play a meaningful role in the country's development and solving the problems of the general public, such as predicting weather, communications satellites, (later on) GPS Etc (Officaly said

The Space Activities in India Focused on having the ability to independently have the Capability to build and launch communication satellites for television broadcasting stations, telecommunications and meteorological applications (Weather forecasting), and; remote sensing satellites for management of natural resources.

Picture: the official ISRO Logo orbiting the earth

Picture of Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai, who is considered "Father of the Indian Space Program" as depicted in a Stamp.

Interesting Facts

Did you know: Despite limited funding, India's space program consists of launch vehicles, satellites and data-processing centers. ISRO had a budget of about $700 million in the 2005/06 fiscal year and employs 20,000 people. In contrast to the NASA, whose space program has a budget of $18.4 billion (26.2 times more than the Indian Space Program's budget)

Did you know: the ISRO has Thought of creating a Humans spaceflight Program. Its hopes to send an astronaut into space by 2014, leading up to landing an Indian national on the Moon by 2020, ahead of China.

Did you know:

16 ISRO Satellites Currently are in Orbit of the earth for for telecommunications, TV broadcasting, earth observation, Meteorological purposes, education, GPS, and healthcare.

1st stage liquid motor for GSLV Rocket, brings the Satalite into space.