This book attempts to showcase India’s capabilities in rocketry developed over the past 45 years (1963-2003). Starting from scratch, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) painstakingly mastered this technology in a remarkably short time. The book explains the complex technological developments in the field for the lay person. It also records historical events and provides biographical sketches of legendry personalities like Bhabha, Sarabhai, Dhawan and Brahm Prakash highlighting their contributions to building modern India.
Salient features:Transcripts of interviews with key personnel; Evocative photographs that chart the progress of the rocketry programme; Extracts from biographical articles; Comprehensive name and subject indexes
P Radhakrishnan was responsible for the power systems for Aryabhata, India's first satellite,
launched in 1975. In 1985, he was selected and trained as an astronaut to fly in the US Space
Shuttle the next year. But the programme was called off following the tragic Challenger disaster in January 1986. He retired as Deputy Director (Systems Reliability & Quality Assurance) from LPSC in 2003.
PV Manoranjan Rao has published several articles on popular science and over 30 papers in national and international journals. He was the Editor-in-Chief for ISRO's prestigious publication–50 Years of Space: A Global Perspective. He retired from VSSC, ISRO as Group Director of the Programme Planning and Evaluation Group.
Chapter 1: The Background
Chapter 2: The Small Bang
Chapter 3: Sounding Rockets
Chapter 4: The Debut: SLV-3
Chapter 5: The Technological Bridge: Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle
Chapter 6: The Workhorse: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
Chapter 7: The Missing Link: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle
Chapter 8: Profiles in Technology Development: Chemicals and Materials
Chapter 9: Profiles in Technology Development: Avionics and Aeronautics
Chapter 10: The Quartet
Epilogue: Glimpses of the Future
Annexure I: SDSC-SHAR: The Spaceport of India
Annexure II: Atomic Energy and Space Research: A Profile for the Decade 1970–80
>> Book Review | Published in The Hindu, Hyderabad, 2 October 2023.
>> Book article | Published in The Hindu, Chennai, 13 June 2023.
>> The Space Review – 27 August 2012
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