Department of Space

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The Department of Space (DOS) is an Indian government department responsible for administration of the Indian space programme.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the primary research and development arm of the DoS. The other agencies of the Department of Space (DOS) include Indian Institute of Remote Sensing(IIRS), the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), North-Eastern Space Applications Centre[1] (NE-SAC) and the Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL).

The Indian Space programme under the DoS aims to promote the development and application of space science and technology for the socio-economic benefit of the country. It includes two major satellite systems, INSAT for communication, television broadcasting and meteorological services, and Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) system for resources monitoring and management. It has also developed two satellite launch vehicles, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), to place IRS and INSAT class satellites in orbit.


In 1961, the Government of India entrusted the responsibility for space research and for the peaceful use of outer space to the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), then under the leadership of Dr. Homi J. Bhabha. In 1962, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) set up Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), with Dr. Vikram Sarabhai as Chairman, to organise a national space programme.

In 1969, (INCOSPAR) was reconstituted as an advisory body under the India National Science Academy (INSA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation was established. The Government of India constituted the Space Commission and established the Department of Space (DoS) in 1972 and brought ISRO under DoS management on 1 June 1972.

Shri K. Radhakrishnan is the current Chairman, Space Commission, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman of ISRO. Shri S. Srinivasan, IAS is the Additional Secretary of the department and Shri K.N. Tripathy, IPS is the chief of security.

See also[edit]

Indian Space Research Organisation


  1. ^ "NEC - North Eastern Council". Retrieved 2013-02-08.