The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is the responsible body of the Department of Space (DOS) under which several agencies and institutions are being controlled.
Department of Space
department of Space is the Indian government Department that deals with the working of the missions and development related to Space. It includes two main Satellites systems. INSAT for communication, television, and meteorology broadcasting. And the second is the IRS, Indian Remote Sensing Satellite used for the resource monitoring and management of the data. It also has developed the two-vehicle system named the PSLV, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, and the second is GSLV, both are used to place the INSAT and IRS in their perfect orbit.
Current Executive of Department
Kailasawadivoo Sivanis the current secretary of Space and the Ex- Officio Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation
History of Department of Space
In 1961, the then Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, gave the responsibility of Space research and the peaceful use of it and of outer space to the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). Then later on the DAE was transformed into the ‘Indian National Committee for Space Research’ (INCOSPAR), in 1962 under the leadership of Homi J. Bhabha and the first chairman of that INCOSPAR was the ‘Vikram Sarabhai’. After some time, in 1969 the INCOSPAR was reconstituted as the advisory body under the Indian National Space Academy (INSA) and then the Indian Space Research Organisation was established. Finally, in 1972 the Indian government constituted the Space Commission and established the Department of Space in 1972.
Agencies and Institutions governed by the DoS
This Department contains approx. 22 Space Institution bodies. Some of the important agencies are listed below-.
- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is an important body for Space security and research.
- Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) is located on Thiruvananthapuram.
- Satish Dhawan Space Center is located in Sriharikota.
- ISRO Satellite Centre is situated in Banglore.
- National Remote Sensing Centre is in Hyderabad.