ISRO: A Personal History

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ISRO: A Personal History
ISRO: A Personal History
Publication date
February 2017

ISRO: A Personal History[1][2] by R. Aravamudan—a veteran of ISRO—and Gita Aravamudan—his spouse—is a personal historical account of the history of Indian Space Research Organization.[3][4] "Overall, the book is a nice exposition of the space programme and provides an insight into the ‘ISRO Way’ of executing large and technologically challenging projects.", wrote The Outlook Magazine in its review of the book.[5]


The book starts off in Trombay, where R. Aravamudan was working in 1962 and takes the reader through the TERLS, the various ISRO 'eras' in his own words—led by Vikram Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan, Udupi Ramachandra Rao—all the way till the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle story.[6]


A television series, titled Rocket Science, based on the novel was being developed by Invar Studios as of February 2019.[7]


  1. ^ Koshy, Jacob (2017-03-11). "Front seat on a nostalgia trip". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  2. ^ "Amid Chandrayaan 2 mission, a reminder of how ISRO grappled with setbacks to create success stories". Firstpost. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  3. ^ "ISRO: A Personal History- Review". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  4. ^ "When ISRO's office was a church, its launchpad a beach". Condé Nast Traveller India. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  5. ^ "There Were No Outer Limits". Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  6. ^ Srikanth, B. R. (2019-07-23). "From church of Mary Magdalene to moonwalk". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  7. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (27 February 2019). "Invar Studios Tackles Bikini Killer for India's Zee 5 (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.

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