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ISRO set to launch its TV channel

The News

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation is planning to launch a TV channel to promote scientific temper in the country.


Key Activities

  • As a part of Dr.Vikram Sarabhai centenary celebrations, ISRO is planning various outreach activities in the field of space education
  • A dedicated TV Channel called ISRO TV has been planned to showcase space applications, developments and science issues.
  • The TV channel planned for launch next year will be broadcast in regional languages.
  • ISRO is also planning to publish an exclusive magazine regarding developments at the Space Agency.
  • It will organise training camps for the students from class 8 to 10 to help them make their own small satellite.
  • Two new Space Technology Research Centers are planned in Jammu and Tripura.
  • Like NASA, ISRO will soon open its spaceport, Sriharikota launch centre, for public watch.
  • In order to attract contributions from outside, ISRO is planning to set up Six incubation centres for startups in the field of space technology.


In honor of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai

  • With an initial outlay of Rs. 50 crore, ISRO is planning various activities to commemorate the centenary celebration of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai
  • In his honor, ISRO will name its first Indian moon landing spacecraft as ‘Vikram’.
  • ‘Vikram’ will be onboard Chandrayaan-2 mission scheduled in January 2019.
  • A chair each at Cambridge University, Gujarat University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), would be set up, for giving awards, scholarships and fellowships.
  • ISRO in association with International Astronautical Federation will also organize a series of 100 lectures across the country by experts.


About Dr. Vikram Sarabhai

  • Sarabhai was born on August 12, 1919.
  • He is remembered as the founding father of the Indian space programme.
  • Sarabhai was the first chairman of ISRO.
  • He set up the Physical Research laboratory in Ahmedabad in 1947.
  • Sarabhai established first rocket launching station in India at Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram.
  • He also established a space centre at Thiruvananthapuram. Thus it is called Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre today.
  • He was instrumental in establishing Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

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