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




April 03, 1999

INSAT-2E successfully launched

INSAT-2E, the last satellite in the ISRO-built INSAT-2 series of satellites, was successfully launched on April 3,1999 by Ariane-42P vehicle of Arianespace. The 117th flight of Ariane, carrying INSAT-2E satellite, lifted off at 3.33 am IST from Kourou, French Guyana in South America. 21 minutes after lift-off, INSAT-2E was injected into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), with a perigee of 250 km and an apogee of 36,155km with an orbital inclination of 4 deg. The orbital period in the present orbit is 10.6 hours.








November 06, 2000

INSAT-2B Services

The services from INSAT-2B satellite of ISRO, which has already completed its designed life of 7 years in July 2000, are being discontinued and transferred to other INSAT satellites.

This follows the loss of earth lock of the satellite on November 4, 2000. Already, many of the services like telecommunication, TV and VSATs have been shifted to other satellites like INSAT-2C and INSAT-3B with minimum disruption in services.

Even though, INSAT-2B has been recovered and efforts will continue to maintain its orbit and attitude, considering that there is depletion of oxidiser on board, which is required to control the orbit and attitude of the satellite, further use of the satellite for regular services is not planned.






January 19, 2007

Indigenous Cryogenic Stage Test

The long duration hot test of indigenous cryogenic stage for the full flight duration was planned today (January 19, 2007). The preparations for the hot test were completed satisfactorily. During the initial short duration test, certain anomalies were observed and hence the long duration test was postponed.




January 06, 2014

Indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage Successfully Flight Tested On-board GSLV-D5

The Indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage was successfully flight-tested onboard GSLV-D5 launch vehicle on January 05, 2014 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. In this successful flight of GSLV-D5, a communication satellite - GSAT-14 - was launched very precisely to its intended Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.

After a smooth countdown of 29 hours, GSLV-D5 lifted off at 1618 hours IST at the opening of the launch window. All the important flight phases, namely, the core stage and strap-on stage propulsion, payload fairing separation, second stage propulsion, cryogenic stage propulsion and spacecraft separation, were executed as planned.

After a flight of 17 minutes 5 seconds, GSAT-14 satellite was precisely injected into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a Perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 175 km and an Apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,945 km with an orbital inclination of 19.3 degree with respect to the equator.

Immediately after the injection, ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan took over the control and commanding of GSAT-14. The solar panels of the satellite were deployed as planned, the satellite health was found normal and the satellite was oriented towards the Sun. The first orbit raising operation of GSAT-14 is planned at 0758 hrs IST on January 6, 2014. The remaining two orbit raising operations are planned on January 7 and 9, 2014 to place the satellite in geostationary orbit.

September 30, 2008

India Signs Agreements with France on Cooperation in Space

India and France have been partners in progress in the field of space technology for several decades. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French National Space Agency CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) have been pursuing co-operative programmes successfully since 1993, under which joint satellite missions like Megha-Tropiques and SARAL have been taken up to study the atmosphere and the oceans. In addition, many commercial and collaborative activities, specifically in the launch services area, space applications and academics are being pursued with France.

During the visit of Honourable Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, to France in September 2008, India has signed the following three agreements with France in the field of space addressing Government level, academic and industry-level cooperation.

1. A Framework Agreement on cooperation between the two governments in the field of exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes such as joint research and development activities, instrumentation for satellites, development of small satellites, study of weather and climate change using earth observation satellites and the development of ground infrastructure for satellite programmes

2. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Institute of Space science and Technology (IIST) of ISRO and Ecole Polytechnique (EP) at Paris towards furthering collaboration in academics and research activities involving students and professionals.

3. An Agreement signed by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO/Antrix and Secretary Department of Space and Mr. Francois Auque, C.E.O. of Astrium, that enables Astrium of offer attractive solutions in the international markets for in-orbit delivery of its earth observation satellites using the PSLV launch services from Antrix/ISRO. During the past 5 years, both companies have been successfully cooperating in the field of space activities, as evidenced by the award of two telecommunication satellite contracts, W2M for Eutelsat and HYLAS for Avanti Systems.

These agreements are expected to boost the relationship between the two countries in the area of space and encourage further cooperation.

Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the French Government Agency responsible for shaping and implementing France's space policy in Europe. Founded in 1961, its important task is to guarantee France's independent access to space. CNES is an important player in European space programme and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes as well.

Ecole Polytechnique (EP) is a "Grande Ecole" multi-disciplinary institution of excellence in France offering advanced undergraduate, master's and doctoral programmes in Fundamental and Applied Sciences and in Engineering. It is the oldest and most prestigious academic institute of Science and Technology in France with established network of international academic institutions, has close links with the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in carrying out advanced research in the areas of Aerospace Engineering and Sciences.

Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2007, Astrium had a turnover of ?3.5 billion and had 12,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and its wholly owned subsidiary Astrium Services for the development and delivery of satellite services. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, EADS generated revenues of ?39.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 116,000.