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Indigenous CUS of GSLV-D5
  Milestones

1962

  • Indian National Committee for Space Research formed and work on establishing Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) started
1963
  • First sounding rocket launch from TERLS (November 21, 1963)
1961
  • Space Sc-20ence and Technology Centre (SSTC) established in Thumba
1967
  • Experimental Satellite Communication Earth Station (ESCES) set up at Ahmedabad
1968
  • TERLS dedicated to the United Nations (February 2, 1968)
1969
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) formed (August 15, 1969)
1972
  • Space Commission and Department of Space (DOS) set up. ISRO brought under DOS (June 1, 1972)
1972-76
  • Air-borne remote sensing experiments
1975
  • ISRO becomes Government Organisation (April 1, 1975)
  • First Indian Satellite, Aryabhata, launched (April 19, 1975)
1975-76
  • Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE) conducted
1977-79
  • Satellite Telecommunication Experimental Project (STEP) carried out
1979
  • Bhaskara-I, an experimental satellite for earth observations, launched (June 7, 1979)
  • First Experimental launch 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 (July 18,1980)
1981
  • First developmental launch of SLV-3. RS-D1 placed in orbit (May 31, 1981)
  • APPLE, an experimental geostationary communication satellite successfully launched (June 19, 1981)
  • Bhaskara-II launched (November 20, 1981)
1982
  • INSAT-1A launched (April 10, 1982). Deactivated on September 6, 1982
1983
  • Second developmental launch of SLV-3. RS-D2 placed in orbit (April 17, 1983)
  • INSAT-1B launched (August 30, 1983)
1984
  • Indo-Soviet manned space mission (April 1984)
1987
  • First developmental launch of ASLV with SROSS-1 satellite on board (March 24, 1987).
    Satellite could not be placed in orbit
1988
  • Launch of first operational Indian Remote Sensing satellite, IRS-1A (March 17, 1988)
  • Second developmental launch of ASLV with SROSS-2 on board (July 13, 1988).
    Satellite could not be placed in orbit
  • INSAT-1C launched (July 22, 1988). Abandoned in November 1989
1990
  • INSAT-1D launched (June 12, 1990)
1991
  • Launch of second operational Remote Sensing satellite, IRS-1B (August 29, 1991)
1992
  • Third developmental launch of ASLV with SROSS-C on board (May 20, 1992). Satellite placed in orbit
  • INSAT-2A, the first satellite of the indigenously-built second-generation INSAT series, launched
    (July 10, 1992)
1993
  • INSAT-2B, the second satellite in INSAT-2 series, launched (July 23, 1993)
  • PSLV-D1, the first developmental launch of PSLV with IRS-1E on board (September 20, 1993).
    Satellite could not be placed in orbit
1994
  • Fourth developmental launch of ASLV with SROSS-C2 on board (May 4, 1994). Satellite placed
    in orbit
  • PSLV-D2, the second developmental launch of 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 (December 7, 1995)
  • Launch of third operational Indian Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-1C (December 28, 1995)
1996
  • PSLV-D3, the third developmental 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 (June 4, 1997). Becomes inoperable on October 4, 1997. (An in-orbit satellite, ARABSAT-1C, later renamed INSAT-2DT, was acquired in November 1997
    to partly augment INSAT system)
  • PSLV-C1, the first operational launch of PSLV with IRS-1D on board (September 29, 1997).
    Satellite placed in orbit
1998
  • INSAT system capacity augmented with the readiness of INSAT-2DT acquired from ARABSAT (January 1998)
1999
  • INSAT-2E, the last satellite in the multipurpose INSAT-2 series, launched by Ariane from Kourou, French Guyana (April 3, 1999)
  • Indian Remote Sensing Satellite, IRS-P4 (OCEANSAT-1), launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
    (PSLV-C2) along with Korean KITSAT-3 and German DLR-TUBSAT from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota
    (May 26, 1999)
2000
  • INSAT-3B, the first satellite in the third generation INSAT-3 series, launched by Ariane from Kourou,
    French Guyana (March 22, 2000)
2001
  • Successful flight test of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D1) 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, French Guyana (January 24, 2002)
  • Successful launch of KALPANA-1 by ISRO’s PSLV-C4 from SDSC SHAR (September 12, 2002)
2003
  • Successful launch of INSAT-3A by Ariane from Kourou, French Guyana (April 10, 2003)
  • GSLV-D2, the second developmental test flight of GSLV with GSAT-2 on board from SDSC SHAR
    successfully launched (May 8, 2003)
  • Successful launch of INSAT-3E by Ariane from Kourou, French Guyana (September 28, 2003)
  • Successful launch of RESOURCESAT-1 by ISRO’s PSLV-C5 from SDSC SHAR (October 17, 2003)
2004
  • GSLV-F01, the first operational flight of GSLV from SDSC SHAR. EDUSAT successfully placed in GTO (September 20, 2004)
2005
  • Successful launch of CARTOSAT-1 and HAMSAT by PSLV-C6 from the newly established Second Launch Pad at SDSC SHAR (May 5, 2005)
  • Successful launch of INSAT-4A by Ariane from Kourou, French Guyana (December 22, 2005)
2006
  • GSLV-F02, the second operational flight of GSLV from SDSC SHAR with INSAT-4C on board
    (July 10, 2006). The 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) as well as Indonesia’s LAPAN-TUBSAT and Argentina’s PEHUENSAT-1 (January 10, 2007)
  • Successful recovery of SRE-1 after manoeuvring it to reenter the earth’s atmosphere and descend over the Bay of Bengal about 140 km East of Sriharikota (January 22, 2007)
  • Successful launch of INSAT-4B by Ariane launch vehicle from Korou, French Guyana on March 12, 2007
  • PSLV-C8 successfully launches an Italian satellite AGILE on April 23, 2007 under a commercial contract with Antrix Corporation
  • Launch of GSLV-F04 with INSAT-4CR on board from SDSC SHAR on September 2, 2007
2008
  • PSLV-C10 successfully launches TECSAR satellite on January 21, 2008 under a commercial contract with Antrix Corporation
  • PSLV-C9 successfully launches ten satellites on April 28, 2008: India’s CARTOSAT-2A, Indian Mini Satellite-1 (IMS-1) and eight Nano Satellites for International Customers under a commercial
    contract with Antrix Corporation
  • PSLV-C11 successfully launches Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft on October 22, 2008
  • European Ariane-5 launch vehicle successfully launches W2M satellite on December 21, 2008 jointly built by Antrix/ISRO and EADS Astrium on a commercial basis
2009
  • PSLV-C12 successfully launches RISAT-2 and ANUSAT, on April 20, 2009
  • PSLV-C14 successfully launches OCEANSAT-2 and six nanosatellites for international customers under a commercial contract with Antrix Corporation (September 23, 2009)
2010
  • Successful static testing of GSLV-Mk III Launch Vehicle’s S200 Solid Propellant Booster Rocket Stage (January 24, 2010)
  • GSLV-D3, the first launch of GSLV with indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage and GSAT-4 satellite onboard.GSAT-4 could not be placed in orbit (April 15, 2010)
  • PSLV-C15, the seventeenth flight of PSLV, successfully launches India’s CARTOSAT-2B and
    STUDSAT, Algeria’s ALSAT-2A, Canada’s NLS-1 and NLS-2 on July 12, 2010
  • Successful Static Testing of GSLV-MkIII Launch Vehicle’s L110 Liquid Core Stage (September 8, 2010)
  • European Ariane-5 launch vehicle successfully launches HYLAS satellite on November 27, 2010 jointly built by Antrix/ISRO and EADS Astrium on a commercial basis
  • GSLV-F06, the seventh launch of GSLV with GSAT-5P satellite onboard, could not place the satellite in orbit (December 25, 2010)
2011
  • PSLV-C16 successfully launches India’s RESOURCESAT–2, YOUTHSAT and X-SAT from Singapore on April 20, 2011
  • GSAT-8 Communication Satellite launched by Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana on
    May 21, 2011
  • PSLV-C17 successfully launches GSAT-12 Communication Satellite on July 15, 2011
  • Second successful static testing of S-200 booster to be used in GSLV-Mk III on September 4, 2011
  • PSLV-C18 successfully launches the Indo-French satellite Megha-Tropiques and three co-passenger satellites – Jugnu from IIT, Kanpur, SRMSat from SRM University, Chennai and VesselSat–1 from Luxembourg – on October 12, 2011
2012
  • PSLV, in its twenty first flight (PSLV-C19), launches India’s first Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1) from Sriharikota on April 26, 2012
  • In its twenty second flight (PSLV-C21), PSLV successfully launches French earth observation satellite SPOT-6 along with Japanese micro-satellite PROITERES from Sriharikota on September 09, 2012
  • India’s heaviest communication satellite, GSAT-10, successfully launched by Ariane-5 VA 209
    from Kourou, French Guiana on September 29, 2012
2013
  • PSLV, in its twenty third flight (PSLV-C20), successfully launches Indo-Franch Satellite SARAL along with six smaller satellites from abroad from Sriharikota on February 25, 2013
  • PSLV, in its twenty fourth flight (PSLV-C22), successfully launches India’s first dedicated navigational satellite IRNSS-1A from Sriharikota on July 01, 2013
  • India’s advanced weather satellite INSAT-3D successfully launched by Ariane-5 VA-214 from
    Kourou, French Guiana on July 26, 2013
  • India’s advanced communication satellite GSAT-7 successfully launched by Ariane-5 VA-215 from Kourou, French Guiana on August 30, 2013
  • Mars Orbiter Mission, the India’s first interplanetary mission to planet Mars, successfully launched by
    PSLV-C25 from Sriharikota on Nov 05, 2013
  • Trans Mars Injection Manoeuvre performed on Mars Orbiter Spacecraft on December 01, 2013 to
    place it in Mars Transfer Trajectory
2014
  • GSLV-D5 carrying indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage successfully places GSAT-14 into GTO on
    January 05, 2014