What’s ISRO all about ?
In 1960’s , a common man like us thought of something brilliant
across the wavelets of that time that involved the culture of
space in it.
In the midst of the initial take off into the WORLD OF SPACE, it
was DR. VIKRAM SARABHAI, who encouraged the masses to
think of a visionary future for themselves, and for INDIA’s
The space activities in INDIA started in the 1960’s when the
first advancements took place at THUMBA.
Now Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) was
the first space station at trivandrum which gave a true and
energetic insight into INDIA’s capability of a stronghold nation
in Space development.
Thumba was primarily chosen because of the geographical
conditions that favoured that area. It has the magnetic equator
overhead which completely necessiated the visionaries to
implent their ideas and dreams in this region.
Thus, Indian Space programme born in the church beginning,
space activities in the country, concentrated on achieving self
reliance and developing capability to build and launch
communication satellites for television broadcast,
telecommunications and meteorological applications; remote
sensing satellites for management of natural resources.
OBJECTIVE OF ISRO
The objective of ISRO is to develop space technology and its
application to various national tasks. Accordingly, Indian Space
Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully operationalised two
major satellite systems namely Indian National Satellites (INSAT) for
communication services and Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites
for management of natural resources. Also, Polar Satellite Launch
Vehicle (PSLV) for launching IRS type of satellites and Geostationary
Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) for launching INSAT type of satellites.
THUMBA Equatorial Rocket Launching Station, first started
at the premises of St Mary Magdalene church, near
India’s first unmanned mission to moon :
CHANDRAYAAN -1 was a big success for the ISRO and at
the same time it opened doors for several budding
engineers, scientists to go beyond their thinking and
achieve great heights for the country. Many countries
have thus followed suite and INDIA’s doing quite well
on the space front now.
The Cutting EDGE that ISRO offers
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established in
August 1969. The Government of India constituted the Space
Commission and established the Department of Space (DOS) in
June 1972 and brought ISRO under DOS in September 1972.
The Space Commission formulates the policies and oversees the
implementation of the Indian space programme to promote the
development and application of space science and technology for
the socio-economic benefit of the country. DOS implements these
programmes through, mainly, Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO), Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), National Atmospheric
Research Laboratory (NARL), North Eastern-Space Applications
Centre (NE-SAC) and Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL). The Antrix
Corporation, established in 1992 as a government owned company,
markets the space products and services.
The inspiration and the working environment itself offers the
expertise in this career. There’s more to just a job as a scientist or an
engineer at ISRO. ISRO selects motivated and enthusiastic engineers
and other research scholars every year into its esteemed organisation
to bring together a force which is interested in working with a mutual
mindset and producing many achievements in the space arena.
The present chairman of ISRO, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan is brilliantly
leading the organisation and hopes to see a more enthusiastic
younger generation to come up and work with this esteemed
organisation, of which he is very proud of.
The journey has been amazing so far. Its very clear and hopeful of
the candidates that if they wish to explore such oppurtunities,
they got to head to ISRO straight forward, so that, without any
sort of reluctance they can follow their dreams, in which ISRO is
bounded with them at every juncture.
As an engineer and specifically being from a background that has
specialized you in electronics and communication, there’s a lot
that we all can do for ourselves and ISRO of course.
The options are never ending. There’s RADAR imaging,
telecommunication related activities and other hitherto of this
revolutionary field that ISRO is looking forward to. This is not just a
job, its your career that leads you to a revolutionary era of having
found yourself on the correct path and it leads you to work on major
space projects and that too with organisations like NASA and other
countries space organisations. The experience can surely tell it all. So
its more about a passionate career, on the wheel of which ISRO has
already had a great ride so far.