A little effort from our toy manufacturers would have made models of Indian rockets as toys for our children. When enquired in the stores stocking such items store keeper feigned ignorance on the matter. All my search landed only on NASA model of rockets and shuttles. Here is one such 3D cut rocket model made by my grandson Inesh. It is called Delta IV Spy rocket. May be he is referring the one recently launched by US. So much awareness is there for a US rockets. Including me are equally ignorant on GSAT-7 which is on the launch pad awaiting count down in French Guiana for the last couple of days.
Here is a list of some of the launches India has made since 1975 from Sriharikkotta and else where.
Aryabhata was India’s very first satellite. It was named after the great Indian mathematician. It was launched from Kapustin Yar, Russia on April 19 1975. The main objective of the satellite was to provide technological experience to the Indian scientists in the field of the satellite system. However due to power failure, the satellite could only orbit the Earth for 96 minutes before all signals were lost.
Bhaskara-I was launched on June 7 1979 from Kapustin Yar, Russia. The objective of this satellite was to collect telemetry data as well as data on oceanography and hydrology.
Rohini Technology Payload was the first of the four experimental satellites launched in the year August 10 1979 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikkota, Andhra Pradesh.The objective of this satellite was to monitor the launch vehicle. However, it did not manage to achieve its intended orbit and was partially successful.
Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment (APPLE) was launched on 19 June 1981 from Centre Spatial Guyanais near Kourou in French Guiana. It was the first experimental communication satellite launched by ISRO which was used for nearly two years to carry out extensive experiments on time, frequency and code division multiple access systems, radio networking computer inter connect, random access and pockets witching experiments.
IRS-1A was launched on March 17 1988 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The objective of the satellite was to provide imagery for various land-based applications. The long-term objective of the mission was to develop the indigenous capability in the field of remote sensing. The mission was deactivated on July 1996.
Kalpana-1 (METSAT) was launched on September 12 2002 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The former name of the satellite was METSAT but was later named Kalpana-1 as a tribute to Kalpana Chawla who perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia. It was the first meteorological satellite built by ISRO.
GSAT-3 was launched on September 20 2004 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. It is India’s first educational satellite which was exclusively built to serve the educational sector of the country
StudSat is a satellite designed by seven Indian students in collaboration with the ISRO. It was launched on July 12 2010 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Its primary objective was to promote space technology in educational institutions and encourage research and development in miniaturised satellites.
IRNSS-1A was launched on 1 July 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Built at a cost of Rs125 crore, Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System-1A is one of the three IRNSS satellites that have been built with the primary objective of providing a system similar to GPS but only for Indian region and the area around it.
Today 5th Jan2014, ISRO (at 4.18 pm , Sunday) attempt to launch its heavy lift Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) using indigenous cryogenic fuel technology a stage in rocket technology crucial to launching manned missions into space and an area where success has eluded ISRO for over six years.
The scheduled launch of the GSLV D5 will be ISRO”s second attempt at deploying indigenously developed cryogenic upper stage fuel technology for its heavy lift rockets after the first attempt on April 15, 2010 ended with the cryogenic third stage of the GSLV failing to fire. A second attempt on August 19, 2013 was aborted.