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




January 06, 2000

ITU Task Group Meeting

International Telecommunication Union Meeting Opens in Bangalore

The Task Group Meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), that deals with Radio Communications (ITU-R), opened in Bangalore this morning (January 6, 2000). Inaugurating the task group meeting (1/5), Dr K Kasturirangan, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, recounted the growth in telecommunications converting the world into a global village. He said that, with the increased demand for communication services, it is imperative to judiciously use the spectrum resource which is limited. "There is no scope for wasting this precious natural resource and the allocation of frequency band and its use must become even more efficient" he said. While recognising the pressure for more spectrum allocation for commercial services, Dr Kasturirangan said that such allocations are equally important for scientific missions.

Presiding over the inaugural function Mr R N Agarwal, Wireless Adviser to the Government of India said that scientific features and physical laws of nature predominantly govern the management and regulation of frequency management. He also said that while spectrum can neither be created, nor destroyed, it is the use of spectrum which can be regulated so as to multiply its usage by technological means. "The new millennium is going to witness more new technologies at a much faster rate and there is going to be convergence of technologies wherein public telecommunication, broadcasting and IT are going to merge together. Spectrum sharing and co-existence are the key themes for the futuristic utilisation of space spectrum" he said. Keeping in view the harmful interference from unwanted emissions to safety services, radio astronomy and space services, he stressed the need for stringent regulations to be adopted to curtail spurious and out-of- band emissions.

The present task group, which will have its deliberations till January 14, 2000, is mandated to study issues related to unwanted emission from radio transmitters and protection to sensitive services. The recommendations of this task group will be further reviewed at high levels of ITU before integration in the international radio regulations.

ITU is an inter-governmental organisation within which the public and private sectors cooperate for the development of telecommunication worldwide. ITU establishes international regulations and treaties governing all terrestrial and space uses of the frequency spectrum as well as the use of geostationary satellite orbit within which countries adopt their national legislation. It also develops standards to facilitate the interconnection of telecommunication systems on a worldwide scale.

Dr P S Goel, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Shri Mohan Singh Dhamrait, Chairman of the Task Group 1/5th of ITU and the ITU councellor also spoke on the occasion. Dr S Rangarajan, Director, INSAT Prgramme and Frequency Management of ISRO welcomed the delegates. About 50 foreign delegates and 30 Indian delegates are participating in the meeting.


July 08, 2000

ISRO And Andhra Pradesh Sign MOU on Satellite Based Communication Network

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Information Technology and Communications (IT&C) of Andhra Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding today (July 8, 2000) for establishing a satellite-based communication network in Andhra Pradesh using the Ku-band capacity of INSAT system. The MOU was signed at the State Secretariat in Hyderabad in the presence of Mr Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Dr S Rangarajan, Programme Director, INSAT signed the MOU on behalf of ISRO, Department of Space and Shri J Sathyanarayana, Secretary, Department of IT&C, on behalf of Government of Andhra Pradesh,.

The Ku-band capacity of INSAT will be used in Andhra Pradesh for promoting satellite based communication, specifically, in the areas of distance education, tele-medicine, agricultural extension, e-governance, self-help groups, marketing and HRD, community internet centres, etc. While ISRO will provide the transponder capacity on board INSAT and the technical support, Andhra Pradesh Government will operate the satellite communication network for the various objectives afore-mentioned.

It may be recalled that ISRO has already helped the Orissa State Government in the implementation of Vidya Vahini Yojana that was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in May last. Besides, it has established the Jhabua Developmental Communication project in Madnya Pradesh that is in progress since 1996. ISRO has also started the INSAT training and developmental communication channel in 1995 that is being used by several private and Government agencies for industrial training, training of panchayat workers, agricultural extension workers, etc. The MOU signed today with Andhra Pradesh marks yet another milestone in the implementation of a countrywide Gramsat network for grassroots level development.

August 14, 1999


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is aware of the issues involved in Year 2000 compliance of all its systems, facilities and services. ISRO has initiated a program of policies and procedures to ensure that all its systems, facilities and services are maintained through the millennium transition and beyond. ISRO plans to rectify or replace the systems that are not y2k complaint.

INSAT System

INSAT system comprises of the space segment, ground segment and the associated network. The space segment has been assessed to be y2k indifferent whereas the ground segment including mission control at MCF, Hassan, India has been suitably rectified to make it y2k compliant. After rectification, the system has been extensively tested, certified for y2k readiness and is supporting the operations.
Indian Space Research Organisation declares INSAT system consisting of INSAT Space Segment, ground segment including mission control centre and the associated network fully ready for Year 2000 and beyond. INSAT operations and services will be maintained through the millennium transition and beyond.

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September 30, 2008

ISRO Teams get IAA Team Achievement Awards

The team from Indian Space Research Organisation which successfully realised the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) mission that launched CARTOSAT-2 as well as the team that deployed and recovered Space capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) have been awarded the prestigious Team Achievement Award of International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). This Award was presented to the Teams on September 28, 2008 at Glasgow, Scotland, UK during the Academy Day organised as a part of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

The Team achievement Award was created by Board of Trustees of IAA in the year 2001 to recognise extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of Scientists, Engineers and Managers in the field of Astronautics to foster its peaceful and international use.

It may be recalled that in the tenth flight of PSLV conducted from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, on January 10, 2007, PSLV-C7 successfully launched four satellites - India's CARTOSAT-2 and Space capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1), Indonesia's LAPAN-TUBSAT and Argentina's PEHUENSAT-1 - into a 635 km high polar orbit. SRE-1 was subsequently recovered successfully on January 22, 2007.

The PSLV-C7 team was led by Mr N Narayana Murthy, Project Director, PSLV-C7 and included Mr George Koshy, Vehicle Director, PSLV-C7, Cartosat-2 by Mr M Krishnaswamy, Programme Director, IRS, SRE-1 by Mr A Subramoniam and Ground support team by Mr S K Shivakumar, Director, ISTRAC. The overall co-ordination of the mission was by Mr P S Sastry, Director, LVPO at ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore.

The teams which were honoured in the past with this Award include Space Shuttle Team, Hubble Space Telescope Team, the Solar Satellite Mission SOHO Team and Mir Space Station Team. ISRO's SRE-1 and PSLV Team were chosen by the Board of Trustees of IAA in March 2008 on the recommendations of IAA's Awards Selection Committee.

May 01, 2008

ISRO and DRDO sign MOU for the supply of Doppler Weather Radars


A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today (May 1, 2008) by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) of the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the installation of two Doppler Weather Radars in the Himalayan region for climate studies.

ISRO has indigenously developed the technology of Doppler Weather Radar and transferred it to Bharat Electronics Ltd for the production of these radars. Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) operates in S band and is capable of monitoring clouds, precipitation systems and winds over large areas of more than 400 km from the radar location. 

DWR has the unique capability to continuously track and predict fast evolving weather systems such as thunderstorms, cyclones and cloudbursts.The first such indigenous radar is operating at Sriharikota since April 2004.The Mark II version of DWR which is under production is a state of the art system with performance comparable with radars available elsewhere. DWR development called for high-end electronics, advanced data processing techniques and software for product generation. 

As per the MOU signed today, two Doppler Weather Radars with advanced polarimetric capability will be established in the Himalayan region to monitor critical climate parameters including snowfall and help in improved weather forecasts for high altitude operations. The data from DWRs will be useful for the study of monsoon dynamics, avalanche prediction, detection of clear air turbulence and tracking of cloud burst, hailstorm and other severe weather events. In view of the global warming scenario, it is of paramount importance to monitor the highly sensitive and climatically unique Himalayan terrain.

ISRO is also installing two DWRs in the North East region of India to support Disaster Management by aiding the early warning of floods, landslides and other severe weather events. The Indian Meteorological Department is already procuring two such radars from BEL for installation at Kochi and Bhuj for cyclone monitoring.