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The Indian Space Programme

The Indian Space Programme

The Indian Space Programme

Fifty years in the making, Indias Space Programme is fulfilling the vision of its founders and delivering services from space that touch the lives of 1.3 billion people every day. In addition to operating a collection of satellites for weather, Earth observation, navigation and communication, today has a spacecraft orbiting Mars and a space telescope orbiting the Earth. This book provides the big picture of Indias long association with science, from historical figures like Aryabhata and Bhaskara to Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai, the key architects of its space program. It covers the scientific contribution of Indian scientist during the European enlightenment and industrial revolution through the work of physicist S.N Bose, experimentalist J.C. Bose, mathematician S. Ramanujan and Nobel Laureate C.V. Raman and othjers. It traces the technological development of Tipu Sultans use of rockets for war in the 1780s the all but forgotten contribution of Stephen H Smiths use of rockets as a means of transport in 1935 in northern India and the emergence of Sriharikota Indias spaceport. Key questions about the Indian Space Research Organisation covered in the book, include a detailed account on why a fishing village in Kerala was used to launch Indias first rocket into space on 21 November 1963, what types of launchers India has developed How are the ordinary people of India benefit from the space programme How India got to the Moon and Mars What are the prospects for Indias ambitions in space for human spaceflight, military and science In space will India compete or collaborate with China, USA and Russia This detailed work in 645 pages, 29 tables and 9 appendices is richly illustrated with 140 illustrations some images published for the first time and supported by over 1000 references. It is written for the non-specialist offering a big picture view of Indias space program its history, current status and future ambitions, all in one place.

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