Ten interesting facts About ISRO, Probably you didn’t know
- ISRO’s Apple Satellite was carried on a bullock cart for an antenna-range test in 1981. It was done so because bullock carts are made of wood, and the alternative trucks are made of metals, which would interfere with the signals.
- Before every satellite launch, scientists visit Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala and offer prayers to Lord Manjunathaswamy. Puja is also offered to a miniature model of the satellite.
- All of ISRO’s equipments have the three horizontal lines of ‘Vibhuti’ and ‘Kumkum’, similar to the one seen on Lord Shiva’s forehead.
- ISRO sent Mangalyan to Mars, making India the first country to do so successful in it’s first attempt with less cost, when compare to Hollywood movie productions.
- Chandrayan – India’s first lunar mission launched in 2008, made India the 4th country to host its flag on the moon.
- India’s Mars Orbiter mission of $74 million, was far cheaper than other comparable missions like NASA’s ‘Mars Mission Maven’ which cost $671 million. ISRO’s expenditure in the last 40 years is equal to NASA’s single year Budget!
- ISRO has a commercial wing Antrix, Which deals with the commercialization of space technology.
- ISRO was established eight years after Pakistan’s SUPARCO. SUPARCO is expected to have satellite launching capability only after 2040, while ISRO expects to reach Venus and revisit Mars by then. India has launched 65 satellites, Pakistan 2.
- ISRO developed the desi version of the Google Earth called Bhuvan in 2009. Which allows users to explore a 2D/3D representation of the surface of the Earth.
- ISRO Created a record in Feb 2017, launching 104 satellites in a single mission using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). 96 of the 104 satellites belonged to the United States.
The space exploration doesn’t eat up a lot of money to operate, as compared to space organizations of other nations. The cost-saving attribute of ISRO and its successful missions are the talk of the world and rightly so!