The ISRO Saga
We are convinced that if we are to play a meaningful role nationally and in the community of nations, we must be second to none in the application of advanced technologies to the real problems of man and society and must have the courage to leapfrog to stateof-the-art engineering and technology pursuits rather than step-by-step scientific developments." These famous words of Dr Vikram Sarabhai propel every initiative of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
This book too is an outcome of the same spirit. Featured in the book is Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, the first project director of SLV-3, India's most prestigious space project in the 1970s. Author Ved Prakash Sandlas was a part of Dr Kalam's core team and eventually took over from him after the first successful launch in 1980. Mr Sandlas was one of the first engineers to join ISRO in its formative years in the 1960s.
In this book, Mr Sandlas reflects on the ISRO culture: the styles, values and characteristics of its people; their aspirations and ambitions; and their beliefs, prejudices, superstitions and limitations. Woven with interesting anecdotes and scientific detail, the book is the human story of ISRO's and India's technological advancement.
About the author
Ved Prakash Sandlas was one of the first 50 engineers who joined ISRO during the formative years of 1962-67 and rose to head SLV-3 as project director during 198084. Subsequently, he shifted to DRDO and worked as director of Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory from 1986 to 1996.
AuthorVED PRAKASH SANDLASPublisher HARPERCOLLINSPages: 224 Price: Rs 399