ISRO: A Personal History
Gita Aravamudan and R Aravamudan
Shri R. Aravamudan graduated with honours in electronics from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960 and was directly recruited into the Department of Atomic Energy. He was the first of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai’s hand-picked engineers to join India’s space programme even before it started. After his training in rocketry and ground support at NASA he was posted at Trivandrum in 1963. He was among the pioneers who made the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) operational, eventually taking over as its Director. He played a key role in developing and building civilian indigenous Tracking Radars which even today form the backbone of ISRO’s Sriharikota launch facility. In his almost half a century of association with ISRO, Aravamudan has served in various capacities including as the Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota and as the Director of the ISRO Satellite Centre in Bangalore. He is the recipient of many professional awards including the Aryabhata award of the Astronautical Society of India and the Outstanding Achievement Award for a lifetime of contributions to Space Research in India, given by the Indian Space Research Organisation.