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The space woman of India

July 17, 2012

The space woman of India


The  Launch of polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C17) carring  the latest communication satellite GSAT-12 was successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota on July 15, 2011. The mission saw the emergence of a woman Scientist as  the future face  of India’s space programmes. (51)  from Indian Space Research Organisation, Bangalore, became the country’s first woman satellite fabricator. Her success story serves as an exctraordinary motivating factor to all who aspire to become space scientists.

Anuradha was studying in a primary school when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong’s  achievement  fascinated her to no end. Her determination and desire to pursue space programme grew stronger as she grew up..

So when she joined  ISRO Satellite Centre ( ISAC), Bangalore, her first task was testing satellites under Prof. U.R. Rao, who later served as the Chairperson of the agency from 1984 to 1994.

The real recognition came with the PSLVC-17 mission . Her team comprised of Anuradha, the Project Director. Pramodha Hegde, the Mission Director  and Anuradha prakesh , the Operation Director under whom the GSAT-12 took its first steps into space to reach its final allotted spot at 83 degrees East Longitude.

As the GSAT-12 was successfully launched into a pre-determined orbit by PSLV C-17, from the lunch pad at Satish Dhavan Space Centre in Sriharikota, history was created. It was a spectacular moment. The launch vehicle was able to inject the satellite very precisely in to the intented orbit. The satellite with 12 transponders hopes to benefit hospitals and universities for  launching tele-medicine and distance- learning  facilities.

T.K. Anuradha was the first woman Space  Scientist to be handed over the space  programmes and missions owing to the mastery in her skills as a Space Scientist. An electronic engineer having studied at  Vishveshvaraya College of Engineering, University of Bangalore, she joined the ISRO in the  early 80’s . She specialized in Satellite checking out systems, the electronic checking out of satellites’ performance in Space.

Anuradha  strongly believes that to achieve something worthwhile in life one needs to be persevering to foster an aptitude for the same, simultaneously building up a congenial atmosphere around  one self to make one’s dream turn in to reality.

–          G.V. Joshi ( CBT  Magazine)


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