Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)


Vikram Sarabhai Space Center
Trivandrum - 695022
Kerala, India

Director: Dr. S. Unnikrishnan Nair
Email: director[at]vssc[dot]gov[dot]in

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Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, is the lead centre of ISRO responsible for the design and development of launch vehicle technology. The Centre pursues active research and development in the fields of aeronautics, avionics, materials, mechanisms, vehicle integration, chemicals, propulsion, space ordnance, structures, space physics and  systems reliability. The Centre undertakes crucial   responsibilities of  design,  manufacturing,  analysis,  development  and  testing  related  to  the realisation of subsystems for the different missions. These are sustained by activities towards programme. Planning  and evaluation, technology transfer, industry coordination, human resources development  and safety. Planning, execution and maintenance of all civil works related to the Centre is also carries out. The Centre depends on administrative and auxiliary services for support.

VSSC has  extension Centres at  Valiamala housing  major  facilities of  mechanisms, vehicle  integration and testing and at Vattiyoorkavu for the development of composites.   The Ammonium Perchlorate Experimental Plant (APEP) has been set up by VSSC at Aluva near Kochi.

The  major  programmes  at  VSSC  include  Polar  Satellite  Launch  Vehicle  (PSLV),  Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and Rohini Sounding Rockets as well as the development of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk Ill, Reusable Launch Vehicles, advanced technology vehicles, air-breathing propulsion and critical technologies towards human spaceflight.