Welcome everyone, We have seen how the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) recently put on Mars orbit by Indian Space Research Organization. This is the cheapest program per kilogram (kg) of launch load and costs less than 1/5 the per Kg cost of MAVEN satellite launched by NASA in 2013. India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, during his previous visit to ISRO, had underscored the fact that at $75 million, the total cost of India’s Mars mission is cheaper than the production cost of Hollywood 2013’s space movie “Gravity”.
And you will be surprised to know that ISRO’s MOM is also the only program to be successful in its first attempt. ISRO’s consistent success in last decade has proved beyond doubt that it has a very rich talent pool, which is unlike India’s other government run organizations; most of them are talent starved.
First reason for ISRO’s success is the founding principle of ISRO, aptly summarized in below statement by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the father of Indian space Program -“There are some who question the relevance of space activities in a developing nation. To us, there is no ambiguity of purpose. We do not have the fantasy of competing with the economically advanced nations in the exploration of the Moon or the planets or manned space-flight.
INSAT (Indian National Satellite System) series is responsible for telecommunications, broadcasting, meteorology and search-and-rescue, covering over 90% of India. Meanwhile Indian Remote Sensing satellites (IRS) provides remote sensing services and providing data in a variety of spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions to enable National Development programs.
The development focus has enabled ISRO to launch only practical programs that could be justified for its purpose and usefulness for India’s general population. This practical development based approach has lead to successful co-operation and technology transfer from USA, and European Union, and especially from Russia, enabling faster development time, indigenous technical innovations, and at costs much lower when compared to ISRO’s International Peers.
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Second reason for ISRO’s success has been its Incremental goal setting, whereby ISRO uses successful projects in the past as a springboard to launch a new, a little more ambitious project in near future.With each passing stage from the simple Satellite launch Vehicle (SLV), to Augmented Satellite launch Vehicle (ASLV),to Polar Satellite launch Vehicle (PSLV), and now to Geosynchronous Satellite launch Vehicle (GSLV) ISRO has first mastered one domain before aiming higher.
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ISRO’s success is definitely due to its rich talent pool but this increasing richer talent pool is due to ISRO’s continued success.ISRO has entered a virtuous cycle, where new technological innovation leads to successful projects thereby attracting the best Indian minds, which in turns leads to better and higher innovations. Having successfully deploying several satellites in solar system, ISRO is ripe with technology to put man on space. This program is both consistent with ISRO’s principle of development of Nation, as space program spurts tremendous innovations in allied industries, and also it is natural step into ISRO incremental space walk.
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