PSLV-C51, the first dedicated launch by NSIL, successfully launches Amazonia-1 and 18 Co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre - an aerial view
Rohini Sounding Rocket (RH 200) getting ready for launch




March 13, 2003

International Meet on Space Debris Held in Bangalore

The 21st meeting of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC)was hosted by ISRO at Bangalore during March 10-13, 2003. During the meet,international experts, including those from Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), discussed matters related to monitoring of objects reentering theearth's atmosphere, formulation of guidelines for mitigation of problems ofspace debris, etc. The Bangalore Meet was inaugurated on March 10th by Mr G Madhavan Nair, Member,Space Commission and Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

Apart from ISRO, which is playing a significant role in the IADC, experts fromItalian Space Agency (ASI), British National Space Centre (BNSC), the FrenchNational Space Agency (CNES), China National Space Administration (CNSA), GermanSpace Agency (DLR), the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan, the NationalAeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of USA, the National Space Agency ofUkraine (NSAU), and the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos)participated in the deliberations. Ever since the launch of the first artificial satellite in 1957, the spacefaring nations have dumped debris in space in the form of spent rocket stages,rocket and satellite appendages, as well as, defunct spacecraft.

Currently, itis estimated that there are about 10,000 objects in space with sizes of morethan one centimeter. This debris can pose serious threat to orbiting spacecraft. IADC is an international governmental forum for the worldwide coordination ofactivities related to the issues of man-made and natural debris in space. Theprimary objectives of IADC is to exchange information on space debris betweenspace agencies, to facilitate opportunities for cooperation in space debrisresearch, to review the progress of ongoing cooperative activities and toidentify debris mitigation options. The IADC comprises a Steering Group and fourspecialized Working Groups covering the subjects of measurements, environmentand database, protection and mitigation.

June 07, 1999

First Picture from IRS-P4

smThe Ocean Colour Monitor (OCM) on board Indian Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-P4, (OCEANSAT) was switched on successfully during the satellite's 117 th orbit at 12.02 Hrs (IST) on June 3, 1999. The first quick look imagery received on June 3,1999 from IRS-P4 indicated the excellent performance of OCM. The imagery, taken over the Bay of Bengal/Indian ocean, brings out features such as turbidity and suspended sediments. Detailed processing and analysis of the imagery will provide more information on chlorophyll content, yellow substances and suspended matters in the waters.




January 11, 2001

Indian Entries for Student Navigator Programme of Planetary Society, USA

ISRO announced, this afternoon (January 11, 2001), the 12 Indian entries for Student Navigator Programme of Planetary Society, USA.


The students are:

Senior Category

1. Abhishek Vijay Thakur, Mumbai

2. Arjun Shankar, Bangalore

3. Avinash Sastry, Bangalore

4. Kautabh Rajeev Mote, Pune

5. Shaleen Rajendra Haralalka, Udaipur

6. Siddharth Chaturvedi, Bangalore

7. Srikanth Sridharan, Bangalore

Junior Category

1. Bhushan Prakash Mahadik, Mumbai

2. S P Kamalayazhini, Pondicherry

3. Sastry Lakshminarayan Vadlamani, Bangalore


Sophomore Category

1. Avinash Chandrashekar, Chennai

2. Harikrishna Ramani, Chennai

The Planetary Society, USA and the LEGO Company, USA, and other sponsors, in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Malin Space Science Systems, USA, is conducting this worldwide competition for selecting 'Student Navigators' who will participate in a real exploratory mission of the planet 'Mars'.

The preliminary selection of the Indian entries was carried out through 16 designated regional centres: Science City at Chennai, Nehru Planetarium at New Delhi, Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum at Bangalore, Raman Science Centre at Nagpur, Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA) at Pune, Nehru Science Centre at Mumbai, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum at Calcutta, Kerala Academy of Sciences at Thriuvananthapuram, Panorama & Science Centre at Kurukshetra, Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre at Ahmedabad, and Regional Science Centre at Bhopal, Calicut, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar and Guwahati.

ISRO, the national coordinator for the program, short listed 41 students for the national semifinal. The final 12 students were selected through group discussions and interviews held at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore on January 10 and 11, 2001. The students were also required to assemble a Rover kept at ISRO Satellite Centre and maneuver the same through remote command. The evaluation of the students was carried out by an expert scientists' panel led by Prof B V Srikantan, former Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. The names of the 12 students were announced at the valedictory function held at ISRO Satellite Centre this afternoon (11.01.2001). Prof U R Rao, Member, Space Commission and former Chairman, ISRO was the Chief Guest and Dr P S Goel, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre presided. The 41 students invited for selection along with their mentors also met Dr Kasturirangan, Chairman, ISRO and other scientists of ISRO in the evening.


(From L to R)Abhishek Vijay Thakur, Mumbai, Arjun Shankar, Bangalore, Avinash Sastry, Bangalore, Kautabh Rajeev Mote, Pune, Shaleen Rajendra Haralalka, Udaipur, Siddharth Chaturvedi, Bangalore, Srikanth Sridharan, Bangalore
(From L to R)Sastry Lakshminarayan Vadlamani, Bangalore, S P Kamalayazhini,Pondicherry, Bhushan Prakash Mahadik, Mumbai, Harikrishna Ramani, Chennai, Avinash Chandrashekar, Chennai

The final selection of the students for the 'Student Navigators' will be carried out by the Planetary Society. Once selected, these Student Navigators will explore the simulated landing site terrain on Mars with the state-of-the-art rover program now in development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA. Students everywhere will be able to follow, along with the 'Student Navigator' training and reproduce what is taking place even as the 'Student Navigators' select a sample to return to earth through the Planetary Society and the LEGO Company's Red Rover Network.

It may be recalled that the Planetary Society selected three students from India among nine from all over the world as Student Scientists under the Red Rovers Goes to Mars Training Mission announced in November 2000. In all, more than 10,000 students participated in the contest held in India for the Student Scientists and Student Navigator programme.





Orissa Cyclone -- Role of Space Systems in Disaster Warnings and Mitigation

Dec 07,1999

CNES and ISRO Pursue Cooperation on Megha Tropiques Mission

Nov 21,1999

Signing of Statement of Intent on Indo-French Satellite MEGHA TROPIQUES

Nov 21,1999

ISRO Launches Sounding Rockets to Study Leonid Meteor Showers

Nov 20,1999

UN Space Conference Concludes

Nov 20,1999


Aug  14,1999

UNISPACE-III Conference Opens in Vienna

Jul  19,1999

UNISPACE-III to be Held in Vienna from July 19, 1999

Jul  16,1999

First Picture from IRS-P4

Jun  07,1999

Ocean Colour Monitor of IRS-P4 Satellite Tested

Jun  03,1999

IRS-P4 Camera Hold Down and Tilt Mechanisms Released

May 27,1999

PSLV Successfully Launches Three Satellite

May  26,1999

ISRO/ANTRIX Conducts Semi-Commercial Cryogenic Sampler Flight for Max Planck Institute, Germany

Apr 29,1999

INSAT-2E Transpoders handed over to INTELSAT

Apr 27,1999

First Cloud Pictures Received from INSAT-2E

Apr 15,1999

Critical Deployments on INSAT-2E Completed

Apr 12,1999

INSAT-2E Placed Close to Geostationary Orbit

Apr 08,1999

INSAT-2E Orbit Raised Further

Apr 06,1999

INSAT-2E Orbit Raised

Apr 04,1999

INSAT-2E successfully launched

Apr 03,1999

INSAT-2E Ready for Launch

Apr 01,1999

February 11, 2014

100 Days Of Mars Orbiter Spacecraft 

Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, India's first interplanetary probe, was launched by PSLV-C25 at 1438 hours on November 5, 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. In its voyage towards Mars, the mission successfully completes 100 days in space tomorrow (February 12, 2014).

Subsequent to six orbit raising manoeuvres around the Earth following the launch, the Trans Mars Injection(TMI) Manoeuvre on December 01, 2013 gave necessary thrust to the spacecraft to escape from Earth and to initiate the journey towards Mars, in a helio-centric Orbit. This journey, of course, is long wherein the spacecraft has to travel 680 million km out of which a travel of 190 million km is completed so far.

The First Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre (TCM) was conducted on December 11, 2013. The trajectory of the spacecraft, till today, is as expected. Three more TCM operations are planned around April 2014, August 2014 and September 2014.

The spacecraft health is normal. The spacecraft is continuously monitored by the ground station of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), located at Byalalu, near Bangalore. Except for a 40 minute break in the Telemetry data received from the spacecraft to the ground station, data has been continuously available for all the 100 days.

The propulsion system of the spacecraft is configured for TCMs and the Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) Operation. On February 6, 2014, all the five payloads on Mars Orbiter spacecraft were switched 'ON' to check their health.

The health parameters of all the payloads are normal. Presently, the spacecraft is at a radio distance of 16 million km causing a one way communication delay of approximately 55 seconds. After travelling the remaining distance of about 490 million km over the next 210 days, the spacecraft would be inserted into the Martian Orbit on September 24, 2014.