Chandrayaan-3 Success Journey: 10 Scientists You Need To Know About Behind India's Space Achievements

By: FPJ Web Desk | August 24, 2023

Dr Vikram Sarabhai is widely regarded as the 'Father of the Indian Space Program', he played a crucial role in establishing Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and formulating India's space policies. His vision and leadership laid the foundation for India's space exploration efforts

Nambi Narayanan: An accomplished aerospace engineer and ISRO scientist, Narayanan contributed to the development of the 'Vikas Engine' used in ISRO's launch vehicles. The movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect was based on the life of Nambi Narayanan

K Radhakrishnan: He served as the Chairman of ISRO from 2009 to 2014. Under his leadership, ISRO achieved significant milestones, including the 'Mars Orbiter Mission'. He was instrumental in advancing India's space capabilities and international collaborations

Byrana Nagappa Suresh: An Indian aerospace scientist, B N Suresh served as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram during the period 2003–2007. He is known for his contribution to development of Indian launch vehicles and 'Space Capsule Recovery Experiments' (SRE)

Tessy Thomas: Known as the 'Missile Woman of India', Tessy Thomas is a scientist and engineer who played a critical role in the development of India's ballistic missile defence systems

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: Former President and Indian aerospace scientist known as the 'Missile Man of India', APJ Abdul Kalam was deeply involved in India's space programme and the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. He also played a pivotal role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998

Dr Satish Dhawan: Satish Dhawan was an Indian mathematician and aerospace engineer, widely regarded as the 'Father of Experimental Fluid Dynamics Research In India.' Sriharikota, the spaceport of India is named after him- Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR which is responsible for providing Launch Base Infrastructure for the Indian Space Programme. His efforts helped to place India in the league of space-faring nations as he was responsible for operational systems like INSAT, IRS and PSLV

Dr K Sivan: He enabled the consistent performance of PSLV which was necessary for launch vehicles of ISRO, like, GSLV MkII & MkIII including RLV-TD and for simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles. He was the chief mission architect for the successful launch of 104 satellites in a single mission of PSLV. He made many other valuable contributions as well. Under his chairmanship, ISRO launched Chandrayaan 2 which served as the base for the success of Chandrayaan-3 mission

S Somanath: The chairman of the ISRO, Sreedhara Panicker Somanath is one of the key person responsible for the Chandrayaan-3 mission. He made other valuable contributions in Indian space exploration missions

Ritu Karidhal Srivastava: She is popularly known as India's 'Rocket Woman' for her work on the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) and other space missions. She is the senior ISRO scientist and played a major role in the Chandrayaan-3 successful mission. And there are many other space scientists whose efforts have lead India to make remarkable achievements in space exploration and Chandrayaan-3 soft landing on the moon

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