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ISRO: Overview, History, Centres, Eligibility, and its Significance

With the vision of harnessing space technology for national development, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established on 15 august 1969. Vikram Sarabhai, who dreamt of space technology work for the nation’s development, is known as the father of ISRO. Its headquarters is in Bangalore.

India took its first step into space exploration with the establishment of the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) by the government of India under the department of atomic energy in 1962. Later Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai demanded to set up a separate research organization, and INCOSPAR became ISRO in 1969. It is working under the Department of Space(DOS).

ISRO

Since then, ISRO has been continuously working on space research and technology for future-readiness, making it the sixth-largest space agency in the world. The main objective of ISRO is to lift launches, and human spaceflight projects, develop reasonable launch vehicles, make semi-cryogenics engines, single-stage to orbit(SSTO), and two-stage to orbit(TSTO), etc.

ISRO: An Overview

Name ISRO(Indian Space Research Organisation)
Established 1969
Founder Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai
Headquarters Bengaluru
Centers of ISRO 43
Parental Organisation Department of Space
Division

15(VSSC, LPSC, SDSC, URSC, SAC, NRSC,

HSFC, IPRC, IISU, ISTRAC, MCF, DECU, LEOS, IIRS)

Executive of DOS Chairmen of ISRO
Official website https://www.isro.gov.in/

Centres of ISRO

ISRO’s centers are all across India. Every center is known for its particular space research program. For example, launch vehicles are designed and developed at Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, sensors at SAC, etc. Here we have listed the ISRO centers situated all over India.

S.no ISRO Center Place
1 Vikram Sarabhai Space Center(VSSC) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
2 Satish Dhawan Space Center(SDSC) Sriharikota, Andhrapradesh
3 UR Rao Satellite Center(URSC) Bangalore, Karnataka
4 ISRO Propulsion Complex(IPRC) Mahendragiri, Odissa
5 Liquid Propulsion System Center(LPSC) Thiruvananthpuram(Kerala), Bangalore(Karnataka)
6 Space Applications Center(SAC) Ahmedabad, Gujrat
7 National Remote Sensing Center(NRSC) Hyderabad, Telangana
8 ISRO Telemetry and Command Network(ISTRAC) Bangalore, Karnataka
9 Master Control Facility(MCF) Bhopal, Madhyapradesh and Hassan
10 ISRO Inertial System Unit(IISU) Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala
11 Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS) Bangalore(Karnataka)
12 Development and Educational Communication Unit(DECU) Ahmedabad, Gujrat
13 Regional Remote Sensing Centers(RRSC)  
14 Indian Institute of Space Science And Technology(IIST) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
15 Indian Institute of Remote Sensing(IIRS) Dehradun, Uttarakhand
16 Physical Research Laboratory(PRL) Ahmedabad(Gujrat)
17 National Atmospheric Research Laboratory(NARL) Gadanki, Andhrapradesh
18 North Eastern Space Applications Center(NE-SAC) Shillong, Meghalaya
19 Semi-Conductor Laboratory Chandigarh

Historical Achievements of ISRO

  • ISRO launched India’s first satellite “Aryabhatta” named after prominent astronomer in 1975. It was the maiden satellite designed and developed by Indian scientists and launched by the soviet union.
  • In 1980, ISRO successfully tested the SLV3(Satellite Launch Vehicle) from Sriharikota. The SLV3 was successful after two successive failures of SLV in 1979. This achievement made India the sixth member of an exclusive club of space-faring stations.
  • In 1981, ISRO successfully launched its first indigenous communication satellite, “Apple”(Ariane Passenger Payloads Experiment)
  • In 1992, ISRO launched INSAT 2A with the launch weight of 1906 kg for a mission life of seven years. INSAT 2A was the series of INSAT(Indian National Satellite)
  • In 1993, ISRO successfully launched PSLV(Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), the third generation vehicle of India. Since its launch, PSLV has given 39 consecutive successful launches.
  • In 2001, ISRO achieved a significant milestone by launching India’s first GSLV(Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle).
  • In 2008, ISRO successfully launched India’s first moon mission, “Chandrayaan-1,” from Satish Dhawan Space Center(SDSC) Sriharikota. It was the maiden launch of a lunar probe under the Chandrayaan program, which used a PSLV-XL rocket.
  • In 2013, ISRO launched its first interplanetary mission on mars, known as Mars Orbiter Mission(MOM).
  • On 24 September 2014, the Mars orbiter mission(MOM) entered Martian orbit in its initial attempt.
  • In 2015, ISRO achieved a milestone in the Indian astronomy mission by launching “AstroSAT.”
  • In 2017, ISRO launched 104 satellites into orbit simultaneously with the help of PSLV-C37.
  • In 2019, ISRO successfully launched India’s second lunar probe mission, “Chandrayaan-2,” from Satish Dhawan Space Center Sriharikota. Chandrayaan-2 consists lunar orbiter, Vikram lander, and Pragyan rover.
  • In 2021, ISRO successfully launched Amazonia-1 and 18 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Center Sriharikota.

How to Join ISRO: Job Profile, Eligibility, Exam, Salary

Want to become a scientist at ISRO. Here we have provided a step-by-step roadmap to becoming a scientist at the sixth-largest space agency in the world.

Job Profile

Here, we have categorized the job profile according to the stream.,

S. No. Post Job profile
1 Mechanical

Design & Analyze the satellite structures mechanical components,

Design and analyze spacecraft mechanisms and perform a study of kinematics, Study structural dynamics including innovative structures,

Advanced Composites and check reliability and Quality Assurance of mechanical designs and systems.

2 Electronics

Digital Signal Processing, Design of microprocessor based onboard systems High-speed data compression,

Design & development and testing of digital circuits FPGA & ASIC development and testing Analog & Mixed Signal SIC Development & Testing.

3 Civil

Construction and maintenance of infrastructure. Remote sensing, GIS and mapping of urban planning,

watershed management, digitization of land records, catchment areas, land use, etc.

4 Mechatronics

Development of Control algorithms & Computer Simulation, Navigation

Guidance and Control for various missions Robotics related developments.

5 ISRO Center

Installation, Commissioning, and Operation & Maintenance of Environmental Test Systems for spacecraft &

sub-system testing, Operation & Maintenance high speed specialized data acquisition & control systems.

6 Electrical and Electronics

Fabrication and testing of avionics systems Development of Test & Evaluation systems for spacecraft hardware,

Installation, Commissioning, Operation & Maintenance of Environmental Test Systems for spacecraft & sub-system testing.

7 Industrial Resource Management, Financial & Personnel Management functions, Systems Engineering & Project Management.
8 Opto Electronics

Design, development of electro-optical devices and their characterization, Optoelectronic devices,

MOEMS and infrared detectors, Development of THz detectors for space applications. MOEMS sensors for micro-satellites,

Development of uncooled IR detectors for passive and active detection systems.

9 Metallurgy

Process development & qualification of space-qualified materials for spacecraft,

Optical thin films process, and material development, design, and development of multilayer optical coatings.

Eligibility

  • Aspirants should have passed 10+2 with a science background. They must have chosen maths, physics, and chemistry as their primary subject.
  • Candidate must have graduated from India’s top reputed engineering colleges of India IITs, NITs or IIST(Indian Institute of Space Technology). To get admission into these colleges, candidates must have excellent scores and clear JEE Mains and JEE Advanced.
  • After completing the B.tech program, candidates can apply for the ISRO Centralized recruitment board exam.
  • Candidate must have scored at least 65% or more in their chosen engineering field.
  • M.tech students can also apply for ISRO recruitment directly. They must have a qualified graduate aptitude test(GATE) examination. ISRO prefers GATE scores and shortlist candidates for direct interviews.

Salary

Once selected as a scientist/engineer, and you will get minimum basic pay of Rs 56,100 per month. In addition to basic income, you will get extra benefits like travel allowance, house rent allowance, paid postings at different places, transport facilities, medical facilities, group insurance, advance construction, etc.

Conclusion

When ISRO was set up in 1969, no one had ever dreamt that one day it would become the sixth-largest space agency in the world. Since its inception, ISRO has continuously contributed achievements to the country’s development. We know that one day, ISRO will become the top and most advanced space agency in the world.

Hope you have found the blog very useful and resolved all queries. If you have any doubt, please mention us in the comment section below.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q1. What is ISRO?

Ans. ISRO(Indian Space Research Organisation) is the sixth-largest space exploration agency in the world, formed in 1969 under the government of India. The prime minister is responsible for executing space policies, and the chief of ISRO acts as an executive of DOS(Department of Space).

Q2. Who founded ISRO?

Ans. Vikram Sarabhai founded ISRO in 1969.

Q3. Who is known as “Rocket Man of India”?

Ans. Kailasavadivoo Sivan is known as the Rocket Man of India.

Q4. Who is the ISRO chairman for 2022?

Ans. S.Somanath is the current chairman of ISRO.

Q5. What was the role of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul kalam at ISRO?

Ans. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was appointed as the Project Manager at ISRO.

Q6. How to apply for ISRO scientist?

Ans. To apply for ISRO scientist check the detial given below:

  1. Open the official website https://www.isro.gov.in/
  2. Tap on the ISRO scientist engineer application link.
  3. Fill in the complete required details carefully.
  4. Upload all the required documents.
  5. Review your application and click on the submit button.
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