Humble INSAT series satellites from ISRO

ISRO built sheds and started recruiting young scientist at IISC Gymkhana who had not yet heard of satellites. Finally he built a team of around 40. They got hold of a second hand ground station from Australia and set up at Sriharikota. He wanted to build a redundant system so his team built another adhoc station by converting one of the ladies rest room into a ground station at Peenya.

Today i was very fortunate to have listened to Prof U.R.Rao talk about the early days of INSAT series satellites in India. He is one the eminent personalities to have shaped Indian satellite program. He had come to Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India to inaugurate the Clean Room facility and the Integration chamber as part of STUDSAT project.

Then Prof Rao was a faculty at MIT. Ms Gandhi was the PM. He had been to Russia to request them to launch the ‘would be’ satellite by Russian rockets. They had agreed to it by had one condition attached to it. They wanted Indian to manufacture a satellite in less  than 3 years and it would cost Indian Government cool 3 crores. Ms Gandhi gave the approval when she heard it at the first instance through the telephonic conversation she had with Rao. Beginning of the project faced a major hurdle with the death of the father of Indian space science – Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. But after few years it chugged along . Then began the great journey of setting up the labs and building a team.

Initially they had to choose between Hyderabad and Bangalore. But Bangalore had the edge with its history in Science and Technology. So they got hold of some land around Peenya. They built sheds and started recruiting young scientist at IISC Gymkhana who had not yet heard of satellites. Finally he built a team of around 40.  They got hold of a second hand ground station from Australia and set up at Sriharikota. He wanted to build a redundant system so his team built another adhoc station by converting one of the ladies rest room into a ground station at Peenya.

The team managed to build the satellite and the it was launched successfully. They had christened it as Aryabhata as a tribute to the Indian Mathematician who invented Zero. The satellite changed the face of the villages with black and white TV popping up. Buoyed by the socio-economic success, Indian gov went ahead with the rest of the satellites and called it Indian satellites or INSAT .

India on the MOON

After a successful launch and orbital maneuvers, Chandrayaan has finally settled in its orbit and has just launched a Moon Impact Probe.

After a successful launch and orbital maneuvers, Chandrayaan has finally settled in its orbit and has just launched a Moon Impact Probe. It has successfully crash landed and has put the Tri-Colour on the moon. By doing so India has become the 4th nation in the world to send its flag on the moon.

The following are the images sent by the probe:

Moon's Surface
Moons Surface near Shakelton Crater
Moon's Surface near Shakelton Crater

Chandrayaan-1 Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned spacecraft mission to moon, entered lunar orbit today (November 8, 2008). This is the first time that an Indian built spacecraft has broken away from the Earth’s gravitational field and reached the moon. This historic event occurred following the firing of Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft’s liquid engine at 16:51 IST for a duration of 817 seconds. The highly complex ‘lunar orbit insertion manoeuvre’ was performed from Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft Control Centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network at Bangalore.

Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu supported the crucial task of transmitting commands and continuously monitoring this vital event with two dish antennas, one measuring 18 m and the other 32 m.

Chandrayaan 1, The countdown begins

India’s lunar explorer, Chandrayaan-1, will try to unravel the moon’s origins as it scouts for minerals and water there Chandrayaan, slated for an October 22 launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, would bolster international space cooperation by carrying 11 scientific devices — six of them from European and American organisations, while it orbits 100 km above the moon.

The final countdown for the mission has begun, its amazing how India’s first Moon mission is taking over India by storm. It is indeed a milestone not only in the newer technologies but an inspiration for the younger generation.

India’s lunar explorer, Chandrayaan-1, will try to unravel the moon’s origins as it scouts for minerals and water there Chandrayaan, slated for an October 22 launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, would bolster international space cooperation by carrying 11 scientific devices — six of them from European and American organisations, while it orbits 100 km above the moon.