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What is the ISRO?

The Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO was formed in 1969 and since then, has been a source of pride and innovation for the Indian subcontinent. It was created for a sole purpose, to use the resources present in Space for the betterment of the society, and to serve the common good. Since its inception, ISRO has made leaps and bounds in the field of space exploration and application development which has, since then led to a rise of the digital era in India. Now, ISRO boasts about having one of the largest fleets of communication and remote-sensing satellites in the world.

Who founded the ISRO?

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Vikram Sarabhai with a young-APJ Abdul Kalam

In 1969, Vikram Sarabhai found a titular Space agency necessary for the development of the society in the subcontinent, and so ISRO came to be. ISRO is a completely autonomous agency and takes its orders directly from the Office of the Prime Minister of India. Free from bureaucratic politics, ISRO came under direct control of scientists and scholars who used the government’s considerable resources to get ISRO to the place it is now.

Ranked 5th in the World

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With a budget of more than 1.5 billion dollars and record of launching the most satellites in a single mission, India’s leading space agency, the ISRO  ranks at no. 5 in the world. Only space agencies of USA, China, Europe and Russia rank better in the list. ISRO has come a long way since its inception 50 years ago and has a long way to go yet. From launching satellites in space for better Television and Internet connectivity in its early years to the future of human space exploration, the folks at ISRO continue to dedicate their entire lives to the betterment of the Indian public and the greater good.

Recent successes

Last year, bright and early on the 15th of February 2017, ISRO created history after it successfully launched 104 satellites on a single rocket, beating the Russian space agency. This brings the total number of successful missions to 39 for the International Space Research Organization, not low by any means. And the mission seems especially thrilling when you know the details about the satellites onboard the rocket.

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One of them was the Cartosat-2 which will keep a bird’s eye view on India’s hostile neighbours-China and Pakistan, at an accuracy of less than 1 metre. How about that! With such state-of-the-art defence systems onboard and with the historic implications, it suffices to say that the ISRO has seen some huge successes recently.

The Need to Explore

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The 19th century was for a fight for independence and time of rejuvenation around the world, the 20th century saw the birth of the Internet. So what’s next? Space, we answer. Why do you ask? Because we came out of the caves and we looked over the hill and we saw Fire, we crossed the oceans and we pioneered the West and we took to the skies. The history of man is on a timeline of expiration and Space is what’s next. It has to be. With the way we are using up the finite resources on earth, space exploration is the key to mankind’s survival. So we hope ISRO and its counterparts around the world continue the work they do and serve humanity’s collective good.

Food for thought

With all the work the ISRO is doing for the country and humanity, we ought to think to ourselves, is an annual budget of 1.5 US Billion Dollars really enough for something so monumental in its implications for mankind’s future? We at Social Cube think not. The annual budget for NASA is 20.7 US Billion Dollars, about 14 times the budget of its Indian counterpart. It is because of such huge deficit in the budget of the two space agencies that NASA is so successful in its mandate (Read about their fastest aircraft, the New Horizons here ). And so we hope the Indian Government heeds to our friends in the west and to the recent successes of ISRO and increases its budget, more so than it already has. Because it is not enough.

Please comment down below with your thoughts about the budget of the ISRO and about its recent successes. Keep reading Social Cube!

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