Indian Space Research Organization, also famous as ISRO, is the space agency of the Government of Republic of India, having A. S Kiran Kumar as its chairman. ISRO is headquartered in the city of Bengaluru, Karnataka. It’s motto is ‘मानवजातिकीसेवामेंअंतरिक्षप्रौद्योगिकी|’ which translates to English as ‘Space technology in the service of humankind.’ But not only ISRO has made its contributions in serving the humankind for better, it has also made us proud to be a part of India, and for us to say “I’m from the country where ISRO belongs” with our chests widened.
There are some really mammoth and magnificent achievements by ISRO, that the whole India is appreciative of:
>The first and the foremost is the India’s first satellite, named after the famous Indian astronomer and mathematician, the Aryabhata Spacecraft. It marked a milestone as it was the first satellite which was completely designed in the country and launched from the Russian facility in 1975.
>Bhaskara-I and II satellites were launched by the Indian Space Research Organization that formed India’s first low orbit satellite for Earth’s observation. It collected data on telemetry, oceanography and hydrology.
>The next is the India’s first interplanetary mission, i.e. our Mars Orbiter Mission, also referred to as MOM and Mangalyaan. It is a space probe that has been orbiting Mars since September 2014. The spacecraft is currently being monitored by the Spacecraft Control Center. After this was achieved, ISRO became the world’s 4th space agency to reach Mars.
>PSLV-C28, i.e. the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C28 was the heaviest commercial mission, undertaken by Indian Space Research Organization along with Antrix Corporation. The PSLV-C28 carried and successfully deployed 5 satellites in the Sun-synchronous Orbit.
>On July 11, 2015, Indian scientists successfully launched five British satellites into the orbit from Sriharikota. This is the 30th launch of India’s PSLV.
>Chandrayaan is the root cause of the development of technology of ISRO. It was India’s first lunar probe. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced the project on course in his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2003. The vehicle was successfully inserted into the lunar orbit in 2008.
>The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, referred as GSLV-III, is a launch vehicle developed by ISRO and carried out on 18 December 2014. It is intended to launch satellites into the Geostationary Orbit.
>For the long lost craving of the satisfaction of telecommunications, broadcasting, meteorology, search and rescue operations, ISRO launched Indian National Satellite System, famous as INSAT in August 1983. It is a joint venture of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan (DD), and many more.
>Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is a constellation of seven satellites, which is now renamed as NAVIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation). The satellites have been successful in providing the real-time positioning and timing services around India.
>The last but never the least is the ISRO’s very recent achievement of launching 104 satellites in one go, creating a world record of launching the most number of satellites from one single rocket. Russia held the pervious world record of launching 66 satellites from one rocket.
“ISRO is the Uber for Satellites.” was tweeted by Chetan Bhagat on its recent achievement. Indian Space Research Organization is truly becoming a synonym for doing the impossible. We as Indians can safely say that ISRO has made us proud big time. It is one of the reasons we can happily call ourselves the citizens of India.
We support each and every, successful or unsuccessful, steps taken by ISRO. Greater heights will soon be achieved by them!