Ever since its first satellite Aryabhatta’s launch in 1975, ISRO has launched 72 satellites so far riding high on its last year’s success of Mangalyaan or Mars Orbit Mission that won it accolades all over the world.
A buoyant ISRO is not content with its record but is vying to gear up into the top gear to launch 10 satellites this year, which more than double its record of 4 to 5 satellites every year.
Beginning with the 73rd satellite launch slated later this month, ISRO is reckoning high on its achievements table, according to ISRO Satellite Centre Director S.K. Shivakumar.
The Bangalore-based centre, under the Indian space research Organisation is already a global player with only two satellites launched from abroad and the rest from its own efforts. In fact, the ISRO with its commercial arm Antrax has taken up 41 foreign satellites on aboard including Google’s.
“Currently, we are launching 4 or 5 satellites every year. The idea is to expand our space programmes and set off launch of at least ten satellites per year from 2015 onwards,” said Dr. Shivakumar, one of the scientists behind the successful ‘Mangalyan’ mission, while speaking on “Indian satellites and success of MOM” as part of the National Science Day lecture at the All-India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH).
The fourth satellite of IRNSS Constellation, IRNSS-1D, will be launched onboard PSLV-C27 on March 15 this year. The mission IRNSS-1D will be the fourth out of seven in the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) series of satellites after IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B and IRNSS-1C. It is one of the 7 satellites of the IRNSS constellation to provide navigational services to the region from the orbit.
The SAC has more than 2,500 scientists and engineers have developed India’s previous projects such as IRS, INSAT,SATNAV and its IRNS satellites. Known as ISAC, it is divided into many Functional Areas like Control and Mission Area, Electronic Systems Area, Mechanical Systems Area, Reliability and Components Area among others and each area is further divided into groups.
Especially, its Control and Mission area has many groups like Control Systems Group, Flight Dynamics Group and others. These groups are divided into sub-groups like Control Electronics Division, Control Dynamics and Analysis Division etc.