Milestones in Indian Space Programme
|1962||Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) formed and wok on establishing Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) started.|
|1963||First Sounding rocket launched from TERLS (November 21, 1963).|
|1965||Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC) established in Thumba|
|1967||Satellite Telecommunication Earth Station set up at Ahmedabad.|
|1968||TERILS dedicated to United Nations from Febraury 2, 1969.|
|1969||Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) formed on August 15, 1969.|
|1972||Space Commission and Department of Space set up. ISRO brought under DoS (June 1, 1972).|
|1972-1976||Airborne remote sensing experiments were conducted.|
|1975||ISRO became Government Organization from April 1, 1975.
First Indian Satellite, Aryabhatta, launched on April 19, 1975.
|1975-1976||Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) was conducted.|
|1977-1979||Satellite Telecommunications Experiments Project (STEP) was carried out.|
|1979||Bhaskara-I, an experiment satellite for earth observations, was launched on June 7, 1979. First Experimental launched of SLV-3 with Rohini Technology Payload on board (August 10, 1979), Satellite could not be placed in orbit.|
|1980||Second Experimental launch of SLV-3. Rohini satellite successfully placed in orbit on July 18, 1980.|
|1981||First developed launch of SLV-3. RS-D1 placed in orbit on May 31, 1981. Apple, an experimental geostationary communication satellite successfully launched (June 19, 1981). Bhaskara-II was launched on November 20, 1981.|
|1982||Insat-1A was launched on April 10, 1982. Deactivated on September 6, 1982.|
|1983||Second development launch of SLV-3, RS-D2 placed in orbit on April 17, 1983.|
|1984||Indo-Soviet manned space mission on April 1984.|
|1987||First developed launch of Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV) with SROSS-1 satellite on board on March 24, 1987. Satellite could not be placed in orbit.|
|1988||Launch of first operational India Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-1A on March 17, 1988.|
|1990||INSAT-1D launched on June 12, 1990.|
|1991||Launch of second operational Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-1B on August 29, 1991.|
|1992||3rd development launch of ASLV with SROSS-C on board (May 20, 1992). Satellite placed in orbit. INSDAT-2A, the first satellite of the indigenously-built second-generation INSAT services, launched on July 10, 1992.|
|1993||INSAT-2B, the second satellite in INSAT-2 series, launched on July 23, 1993.|
|1994||Fourth developmental launch of ASLV with SROSS-C2 on board (May 4, 1994). Satellite placed in orbit. Second development launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) with IRS-P2 on board (October 15, 1994). Satellite successfully placed in polar sun-synchronous orbit.|
|1995||INSAT-2C, the third satellite in INSAT-2 series, launched on December 7, 1995.Launched third third operational Indian Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-C on December 28, 1995.|
|1996||Third development launch of PSLV with IRS-P3 on board (March 21, 1996). Satellite placed in polar sun synchronous orbit.|
|1997||INSAT-2D, fourth satellite in INSAT-2 series launched on June 4, 1997. Becomes inoperable on October 4, 1997 (An in-orbit satellite, ARABSAT-1C, later renamed INSAT-2DT, was accquired in November 1997 to partly augment INSAT system).|
|1998||Insat system capacity augmented with the readiness of INSAT-2DT acquired from ARABSAT on January 1998.|
|1999||INSAT-2E, the last satellite in the multi purpose.
INSAT-2E series, launched by Ariane from Kourou Island, French Guiana (April 3, 1999),
Indian Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-P4 (OCEANSAT-1), launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSCLV-C2) along with Korean KITSAT-3 and German DLR-TUBSAT from Sriharikota on May 26, 1999).
|2000||INSAT-3B, thefirst satellite in the third generation INSAT-3 series, launched by Ariane from Kourou Island, French Guiana (March 22, 2000).|
|2001||Successful flight test of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) on April 18, 2001 with an experimental satellite GSAT-1 on board.
Successful launch of PSLV-C3 on October 22, 2001 placing three satellites – India’s TES, Belgian PROBA and German BIRD, into Polar sun-synchronous orbit.
|2002||Successful launch of INSAT-3C by Ariane from Kourou Island, French guiana (january 24, 2002).
Successful launch of KALPANA-1 by ISRO’s PSLV from SDSC, SHAR (September 12, 2002).
|2003||Successful launch of INSAT-3A by Ariana from Kourou Island, French Guiana (january 24, 2002). Successful launch of second development test flight of GSLV (GSLV-D2) with GSAT-2 on board from SDSC SHAR (May 8, 2003). Successful launch of INSAT-3E by Ariane from Kourou Island, French Guiana (September 28, 2003).
Successful launch of RESOURCESAT-1 by ISRO’s PSLV-C5 from SDSC SHAR. EDUSAT placed in GTO on September 20, 2004.
|2004||Successful first operational flight of GSLV (GSLV-F01) from SDSC SHAR, EDUSAT placed in GTO on September 20, 2004.|
|2005||Successful launch of CARTOSAT-1 and HAMSAT by PSLV-C5 from the newly established Second Launch Pad at SDSC SHAR (May 5, 2005). Successful launchof INSAT-4A by Ariane from Kpurpu Island, French Guiana on December 22, 2005.|
|2006||Second operational flight of GSLV (GSLV-F02) from SDSC SHAR with INSAT-4C on board (July 10, 2006). Satellite could not be placed in orbit.|
|2007||PSLV-C7 successfully launches four satellites – India’s CARTOSAT-2 and Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) Indonesia’s LAPAN-TUBSAT and Argentina’s PEHUENSAT-1 on January 10, 2007. Successful recovery of SRE-1 after maneuvering it to reenter the earth’s atmosphere and descended over the Bay of Bengal about 140 km east of Sriharikota on January 22, 2007.|
|2007||Successful launch of INSAT-4B along with Skynet-5A (UKs military communication satellite) by Ariane vehicle from Kourou Island in French Guiana on March 12, 2007.|
|2007||Successful launch of Italian satellite AGILE with an ISRO payload Advanced Avionics Module (AAM) by PSLV-C8 on April 23, 2007 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.|
|2007||Successful launch of the communication satellite, INSAT-4CR by GSLV-F04 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.|
|2008||PSLV-C10 successfully launches TECSAR satellite under a commercial contact with Antrix Corporation on January 21, 2008. PSLV-C9 successfully launches CARTOSAT-2A, IMS-1 and foreign nano satellite from Sriharikota on April 28, 2008. PSLV-C11 successfully launches CHANDRAYAN-1 from Sriharikota on October 22, 2008.|
|2009||PSLV-C12 successfully launches RISAT-2 and ANUSAT from Sriharikota on April 20, 2009.|
|2009||PSLV-C14 successfully launches Seven Satellites – OCEANSAT-2, Four CUBESAT Satellites and Two Rubin-9 from Sriharikota on September 23, 2009.|
|2010||GSLV-D3 launched from Sriharikota on April 15, 2010. GSAT-4 satelliote could not be placed in orbit as flight testing of the Indigenous Cryogenic Stage in GSLV-D3 Mission was not successful.|
|2010||PSLV-C15 successfully launches Five Satellites – CARTOSAT-2B, ALSAT-@A, two nano satellites-NLS-6.1 & 6.2 and a pico-satellite- STUDSAT from Sriharikota (July 12, 2010).|