Communication and Navigation Satellite System
Earth Observation System
Space Applications
Space Transportation System
Space Sciences and Planetary Research
Sponsored Research
Indian Space Industry
Space Commerce
Systems Reliability and Safety
Human Resources
International Cooperation
‘Space’ In Parliament
Space Programme Publicity
Right To Information
Performance Evaluation of Department of Space Based on Result Framework Document
Audit Observations
Citizens’ Charter
The Centres of
Indian Space Programme
Organisation Chart
Budget at a Glance
Indigenous CUS of GSLV-D5

Space activities in the country were initiated with the setting up of Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) in 1962. In the same year, work on Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) near Thiruvananthapuram was also started. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established in August 1969. The Government of India constituted the Space Commission and established the Department of Space (DOS) in June 1972 and brought ISRO under DOS in September 1972.

Space Commission formulates the policies and oversees the implementation of the Indian space programme to promote the development and application of space science and technology for the socio-economic benefit of the country. DOS implements these programmes through, mainly, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), North Eastern-Space Applications Centre (NE-SAC) and Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL). Antrix Corporation, established in 1992 as a government owned company, markets the space products and services.

The establishment of space systems and their applications are coordinated by the national level committees, namely, INSAT Coordination Committee (ICC), Planning Committee on National Natural Resources Management System (PC-NNRMS) and Advisory Committee for Space Sciences (ADCOS).

DOS Secretariat and ISRO Headquarters are located at Antariksh Bhavan in Bengaluru. Programme offices at ISRO Headquarters coordinate the programmes like satellite communication, earth observation, launch vehicle, space science, disaster management support, sponsored research scheme, contracts management, international cooperation, system reliability and quality, safety, publications and public relations, budget and economic analysis and human resources development. The major establishments of DOS and their area of activities are given in the following paragraphs:

Antariksh Bhavan - Headquarters of ISRO/DOS
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)
ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC)
Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR
Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC)
ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC)
Space Applications Centre (SAC)
Development and Educational Communication Unit (DECU)
ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC)
Master Control Facility (MCF)
ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU)
Laboratory for Electro-Optic Systems (LEOS)
National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS)
Physical Research Laboratory (PRL)
National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL)
North Eastern-Space Applications Centre (NE-SAC)
Antrix Corporation Limited
Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL)
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)