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Dr. K. Radhakrishanan

Secretary's Profile

Past Secretaries

G. Madhavan Nair
2003 - 2009


Space Research for National Development and Planetary Exploration


Meeting National developmental needs for which space can provide cost effective solutionsEnsuring low cost access to space by development of launch vehicle technology and realization of operational launch vehicles.Development and realization of operational space assets.Sustained research in cutting edge technologies in planetary science and applications of space technology.Knowledge and capacity building in space science, technology and application.Promotion of Space Science and Technology.National infrastructure development for space research

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Department of Space (DOS) has the primary responsibility of promoting development of space science & technology towards achieving self-reliance and for space applications facilitating all-round development of the nation. With this basic objective, DOS has evolved the following programmes:

  • Indian National Satellite (INSAT) programme for telecommunication, television broadcasting, meteorology, developmental education, societal applications such as tele medicine, tele-education, tele-advisories;
  • Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) programme for using space based imagery in the management of natural resources and developmental projects across the country;
  • Design and development of spacecraft and associated technologies for communications, navigation, remote sensing and space sciences;
  • Design and development of launch vehicles for access to space and orbiting INSAT, IRS spacecraft and space science missions;
  • Research and development in space sciences and technologies as well as catalysing application programmes for national development;


  1. Operational flights of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)
  2. Developmental flight of Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV- Mk II)
  3. Development of heavy lift Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III)
  4. Development of Semi-cryogenic Technology for future launch vehicles
  5. Design, Development and Realization of Communication Satellites
  6. Design, Development and Realization of Earth Observation Satellites
  7. Development of Navigation Satellite Systems
  8. Development of Space Science and Planetary Exploration Satellite Systems
  9. Earth Observation Applications
  10. Space based systems for Societal Applications
  11. Advanced Technologies and Newer Initiatives
  12. Training, Capacity building and Education
  13. Promotion of Space technology
  14. Infrastructure, Facility Development & Mission Operations Support
  15. International Cooperation
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Provide satellite imagery based assessment of damage due to major natural disasters in near real time to
help in planning of relief and rehabilitation (subject to data avaiability)
Ministry of Home Affairs Response to major disaster from space systems Percenta 90 91 93 94 95
2. Support for advanced crop
acreage estimation and
production for major crops in the country
Department of Agriculture and
Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture
Number of satellite images
    Techincal expertise and software support Percenta - 100 100 100 100
3. Support for agricultural
drought and crop condition
assessment during kharif
season on a monthly basis
for drought prone states in
the Country
Department of Agriculture &
Cooperation, Minstry of Agriculture
Number of satellite data
products provided