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India in Space - Indian Space Program

India in Space consists of sections on launch vehicles and highlights of Indian Space History. The rest of the section is dedicated to Indian related Space and Astronomy Links.


GSLV: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle
PSLV: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle)

Highlights of Indian Space History

  • 1963 - First sounding rocket launched from TERLS (November 21, 1963).
  • 1965 -Space Science & Technology Centre (SSTC) established in Thumba.
  • 1967 - Satellite Telecommunication Earth Station set up at Ahmedabad.
  • 1969 - Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formed under Department of Atomic Energy.
  • 1972 - Space Commission and Department of Space set up. ISRO brought under DOS (June 1, 1972).
  • 1975 - ISRO becomes Government Organisation (April 1, 1975). First Indian Satellite, Aryabhata, launched (April 19, 1975).
  • 1979 - Bhaskara-I, an experimental satellite for earth observations, launched (June 7, 1979). First Experimental launch of SLV-3 with Rohini Technology Payload on board (August 10, 1979). Satellite could not be placed in orbit.
  • 1981 - First developmental launch of SLV-3.
  • 1984Rakesh Sharma was the first Indian to go into space. He went to space aboard the Soviet Soyuz T-11 spacecraft on April 2, 1984. It was an Indo-Soviet manned space mission.
  • 1987 - First developmental launch of ASLV with SROSS-1 satellite on board (March 24, 1987). Satellite could not be placed in orbit.
  • 2001 - First Launch of the GSLV successfully completed on April 18 2001.
  • 2008 - Chandrayaan-1, first moon mission launched on 22 October 2008.


  • 2011-2012 - GSLV Mk III is planned to be launched..
  • 2012-2013 - Chandrayaan-2, launch s the second lunar misson.
  • 2015 - ISRO may launch Mars mission by 2015.
  • 2016 - ISRO plans joint Moon Mission with Nasa JPL.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the primary body for space research. ISRO was established August 15, 1969.

Headquarters address: Antariksh Bhavan, New BEL Road, Bangalore, India


  • The Japanese and Indian Space Programmes: Two Roads into Space
    by Brian Harvey from and

  • Observational Evidence for Black Holes in the Universe: Proceedings of a Conference Held in Calcutta, India, Januarary 10-17, 1998 (Astrophysics)
    by Sandip K. Chakrabarti (Editor) from

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