The name ISRO and global launch pad for socio-economic development #Hindustan360

ISRO’s glorious journey began on August 15, 1969, with an objective to develop space technology and its applications to various national needs. View more at #Hindustan360.
ISRO has so far completed 87 spacecraft and 60 launch missions. The organisation has launched 180 satellites from 23 countries. It also successfully conducted the ambitious lunar mission (Chandrayaan-I), the first Indian-built object to reach the surface of the Moon and an impressive interplanetary Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), which made India the first country to reach Mars in its first attempt and most economically.

Significant feats of ISRO

Launch of three navigation satellites for the NavIC system
ISRO launched the final 3 (out of 7) satellites required to complete the IRNSS constellation in April 2016. IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland. IRNSS provides two services named Standard Positioning System (SPS) and Restricted Service (RS). Both services are aimed at reducing the dependence on the United States-based Global Positioning System (GPS) by Indian civilian and strategic establishments.
Disaster Management Support (DMS) by ISRO
ISRO’s technologies and applications have always proved useful during natural calamities. In 2016, ISRO’s support on this front was significant during the Uttarakhand Forest Fires and floods in the north-eastern states of Manipur and Assam.
Uttarakhand Forest Fires: The satellite data based temperature anomalies were used to detect 1,600 active fire locations. All the data was shared with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Forest Survey of India and state forest departments. SMS alerts were sent by the space agency to forest officials on the ground. Further, the burnt area was assessed using satellite data.
Floods occurred in Assam and Manipur in 2016: When heavy monsoon showers hit the two north-eastern states, ISRO stepped in to distribute flood and water flow data to the central and state government departments along with disaster management authorities.

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