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February 23, 2004

Accident at Sriharikota

An accident occurred at the Solid Propellant Rocket Booster (SPROB) Plant in Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC-SHAR), Sriharikota, at about 1600 hours today. This happened while a test propellant segment was being prepared for transportation after curing. The propellant in the segment caught fire and caused severe damage to the building, in which the operations were going on. Three persons have escaped from the building with burns and they have been admitted to the hospital in Chennai. Operations are on to rescue the others. Emergency action have been put on to approach the building and clear the debris and reach the people inside. A high-level Committee has been constituted to look into the matter. Chairman, ISRO, Shri G. Madhavan Nair, has rushed to Sriharikota to personally supervise the operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A S Kiran Kumar takes over as Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO

AS KirankumarMr A S Kiran Kumar, Distinguished Scientist (Apex) and Director, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, assumed the office of the Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today (January 14, 2015).

Mr Kiran Kumar is a highly accomplished space scientist and engineer with a distinguished career spanning over four decades in ISRO in the satellite payload and applications domains.

He has made immense contributions to the design and development of Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors for Airborne, Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Orbit satellites starting from Bhaskara TV payload to the latest Mars Colour Camera, Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer and Methane Sensor for Mars instruments of India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, which has successfully completed one hundred days in Mars Orbit recently.

Mr Kiran Kumar was instrumental in evolving the successful strategy for steering the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft towards planet Mars as well as its Mars Orbit Insertion. He has also made significant contributions for evolving the observation strategy encompassing land, ocean, atmospheric and planetary studies.

Mr Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar is an alumnus of National College, the esteemed educational institution of Bangalore.  He obtained his Physics (Honours) Degree from Bangalore University in 1971 and later obtained his Master’s degree in Electronics from the same university in 1973, and thereafter his M.Tech Degree in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1975.

Mr Kiran Kumar began his career in ISRO by joining Space Applications Centre (SAC) in 1975.  Later, he became its Associate Director and in March 2012 took over as the Director of SAC.

At SAC, Mr Kiran Kumar has been steering the design, development & realisation of payloads and application activities of earth observation, communication, navigation, space science and planetary exploration.

Mr Kiran Kumar is a recipient of many national and international laurels/awards including the Padma Shri Award conferred by the President of India in 2014, International Academy of Astronautics’ Laurels for Team Achievement Award for Cartosat in 2008 and for Chandrayaan-1 in 2013, Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) Award for the year 1994, VASVIK
award (Electronic sciences and technology) for the year 1998, Astronautical Society of India Award (Space Sciences and Applications) for the year 2001, ISRO individual Service Award 2006, Bhaskara Award of ISRS in 2007 and ISRO Performance Excellence Award 2008.

He is a Fellow of professional institutions like Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineer, and Indian Meteorological Society.  Besides, he is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Mr Kiran Kumar has represented ISRO in international forums like World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and Indo-US Joint Working Group on Civil Space Cooperation.

March 03, 2001

Five Indian Students Among Twelve Selected Globally as Navigators for Mission to Mars

Five Indian students are among nine students selected from all over the world as `Student Navigators' for participation in an exploratory mission to the red planet Mars organised by Planetary Society, USA. The students are (figures in bracket indicate the age)

Primary Team

Avinash
Bhushan
Avinash Chandrashekar,
India (11)
Bhushan Prakash Mahadik,
India (13)
Shaleen
Shaleen Rajendra Harlalka, India (16)
Back Up Team
Harikrishnan
Kamalayazini
Harikrishnan Ramani,
India (11)
Kamalayazini S P,
India (12)

Apart from the above students, two Student Navigators from India, Srikanth Sridharan, Bangalore and Sastry Laksmi Narayan Vadlamani, Bangalore, have also secured honorable mention for outstanding journals among eight others in the world.

The other students selected from all over the world are: Daniel Jan Hermanowicz, Poland (10), Kevin Hou, USA (12), Kimberly DeRose, USA (13), Jacqueline Cherie Hayes, Australia (16), Paul Nicholas Bonata, Australia (16), Kevin Kuns, USA (10), Esteban Gomez Pineda, Venezuela (16)

The winners will have the opportunity to live and work in a simulated Mars base here on Earth while participating in tele-operation of Marie Curie Rover and Robotic arm on another world. This unprecedented opportunity requires bright, dedicated students who understand rover mechanics and command sequencing as well as the Martian environment and make new friends around the world.

The students were selected by ISRO, which was the national coordinator, through a selection process including a questionnaire round, journal writing contest involving questions on rover operations and its behaviour on simulated Mars base, presentation on their journal, rover parts assembly, group discussions and interview. ISRO had forwarded the names of twelve students to the organizers for final selection. Of these 12, five students were selected from among 51 from all over the world who were telephonically interviewed by an international panel of judges. The Student Navigators were selected in the age categories 10-12, 12-14 and 14-16. It is indeed a matter of great pride that all five Indian students who were telephonically interviewed have been finally selected.

Student Navigator candidates are divided into two teams: Student Navigator Team (Primary Team) and the Student Back Up Team. Both teams will receive nine month of intensive training via the Internet. During mission operations, the Student Navigator will take shifts living and working in the simulated Mars base and student Navigator back up team will serve as media representatives keeping the major networks and the newspapers as well as the local media groups informed about the daily activities and progress of Red Rover Goes to Mars Navigators and scientists.

It is to be noted that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA is launching a probe `MARS SURVEYOR 2002' for exploration of the planet Mars. The mission offers opportunities to the students all over the globe to participate in this exploratory mission. In a simulated Mars base, the team of Student Navigator will participate in the operation of the Rover and the Lander Robotic Arm on Mars. Working with them will be Student Scientists who will define experiments to be carried out on Mars.

Under the programme, sponsored by the LEGO Company with Liberte Yogurt of Canada; science magazine and the AAS Directorate of Education and Human resources and co-ordinated by the Planetary Society of USA, students from all over the globe have been selected for participation in this mission through a rigorous selection process.

It may be recalled that three Indian students namely Vikas Sarangadhara (10), Bangalore, Tanmay Sanjay Khirwadkar (13), Nagpur and Shaleen Rajendra Harlalka (16), Udaipur have already been selected as Student Scientists sin September 1999 and are among the nine globally selected. Shaleen Rajendra Harlalka, Udaipur is one among the two students who is selected both as Student Scientist and Student Navigator. The other student hails from USA.

The Student Navigator training begins immediately and will culminate with actual hand-on training at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in October 2001. The Mars Global Surveyor images, as suggested by Student Scientist for imaging with the Mars Orbiter Camera, will also be released by Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, California. The first phase of the planetary Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars Training Mission was an outstanding success. For the first time ever, students selected targets to be imaged by a spacecraft in orbit around Mars. These nine Student Scientists made history when they operated the Mars Orbitor Camera on board the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, and made news when they discovered a mysterious group of dark boulders on Mars and this could not have happened without their involvement.

 

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March 31, 2012

Shri A S Kiran Kumar takes over as Director of Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad

kirankumar Shri A S Kiran Kumar, Distinguished Scientist and Associate Director, Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, has assumed the office of Director, Space Applications Centre today (March 31, 2012). He took over the charge from Dr R R Navalgund, the outgoing Director.

Shri Kiran Kumar joined SAC/ISRO in 1975. He has made immense contribution to the design and development of Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors for Airborne, Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary orbit satellites starting from Bhaskara TV payload to the latest Terrain Mapping Camera and Hyperspectral Imager payloads for Chandrayaan-1 mission. He has made very significant contributions to the task of evolving the observation strategy encompassing land, ocean, atmospheric and planetary studies.

As Associate Director of Space Applications Centre, Shri Kiran Kumar has steered the design and realisation of communication, navigation, microwave and remote sensing payloads.

Shri Kiran Kumar obtained B.Sc (Honours) degree in Physics and M.Sc degree in Electronics from Bangalore University as well as M.Tech degree in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Shri Kiran Kumar is the recipient of many laurels and awards like Indian Society of Remote Sensing Award for the year 1994, VASVIK award (Electronic Sciences and Technology) for the year 1998, Astronautical Society of India Award (Space Sciences and Applications) for the year 2001, ISRO Individual Service Award 2006, Bhaskara Award conferred by the Indian Society of Remote Sensing for the year 2007, Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2008 of the International Academy of Astronautics and ISRO Performance excellence Award 2008.

He is a fellow of the National Academy of Engineers and Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Shri Kiran Kumar has represented ISRO in international forums like World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and is currently the Chairman of CEOS.





August 12, 2000

25 years of Satellite Broadcasting in India

Shri Arun Jaitley, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, inaugurated a seminar on "Satellite Broadcasting - Retrospect and Prospect", at Ahmedabad, today (August 12, 2000) to mark 25 years of Satellite Broadcasting in India. The occasion also coincides with the birth anniversary of Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, whose vision brought Satellite TV broadcasting to India 25 years back. World's largest Techno-social experiment called SITE (Satellite Instructional Television Experiment) started beaming educational television programmes to nearly 2400 villages in the country on August 1, 1975.

Today there are nearly hundred channels of Satellite TV beamed by both the Public broadcaster Doordarshan and a large number of private TV broadcasters. The seminar was organised by Development & Educational Communication Unit (DECU) of ISRO and was participated by well known experts in the field of mass media, educational communication and satellite broadcast technology. The Minister delivered the key note address and released a first day poster cover. Two documents, viz., "Yatra - The Journey" and "Disha : The Direction", were released by Mrs Mrinalini Sarabhai in the presence of Dr K Kasturirangan, Chairman, ISRO at the end of the inaugural function. 

 

 

 

 

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