SHAAR Celebrates Half A Century

485072558-rocket_6The SHAAR scientists celebrated its 50 launches from Sriharikota on Tuesday. The successful 50th launch was the PSLV C-29. The SHAAR scientists conceived their future successes with the space scientist Vikram Sarabhai declaring that launching rockets from Sriharikota would be easier as the place was nearer to equator and hence has low gravitation. Both these factors were the prerequisites for launching rockets. Three years later, the Union Government declared Sriharikota as a place of high altitude range. Thus SHAAR breathed its life in 1971 with 150 scientists and other employees. Then began the launching of sounding rockets with great difficulty from small platforms in the seashore. After the successful launch of 490 sounding rockets from 1971, for the first time on August 10, 1979, Bhaskara-1 satellite was launched into space by the team of Dr. Abdul Kalam. That launch was failed and the scientists took that failure as a challenge and turned it into successes. They overcame the teething troubles and completed 50 launches altogether. 4 SLVs, 4 ASLVs, 32 PSLV, 9 GSLVs and 1 GSLV Mark 3 rocket were among them. The SHAAR placed a total of 101 satellites in space in its 50 launches.

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