4 years of Modi govt: ISRO propels India into elite club of nations
India has made rapid strides in its space program in the last few years. The Indian space program under the Department of Space aims to promote the development and application of space science and technology for the socio-economic benefit of the country. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which functions under Department of Space, has propelled the country into an elite club of nations with major advancements in space technology.
In January this year, ISRO achieved a major milestone on Friday when it launched its 100th satellite - along with 30 others - into space.
Let's look at other achievements of Department of Space in the last 4 years:
Mangalyaan Mission: Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully completed 1000 Earth days in its orbit on June 19, 2017.
India sends 104 Satellites into Space: India scripted a new chapter in the history of space domain on 15 February 2017 with the successful launch of a record number of 104 satellites by ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - PSLV-C37 in a single mission. The primary satellite carried were the Cartosat-2 series satellite along with two Indian nanosatellites. Out of these 101 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (96), Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1).
Communication Satellites: "South Asia Satellite" - A gift from India to the South Asian countries, was successfully launched and dedicated to neighboring countries by Honorable Prime Minister of India. "South Asia Satellite" was successfully launched by GSLV-F09 on May 05, 2017.
GSLV-MkIII in its first developmental flight, successfully launchesd GSAT-19, India's high throughput communication satellite on June 05, 2017. GSAT-17 communication satellite was launched on June 29, 2017 from Kourou using procured launch services from Arianespace. It carried C-band and Ext C-band payloads, payloads for mobile communication, search and rescue payload and Data Relay Transponder payload for providing continuity of services and in-orbit back up.
NavIC: The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) with an operational name of NavIC ("sailor" or "navigator" which also stands for Navigation with Indian Constellation) an autonomous regional Satellite Navigation System set up by India to provide accurate real-time positioning and timing services over India and the region extending to 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) around India.