The ISRO Saga

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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

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