Jose John June 2, 2016 No Comments
INDIA: THE FAST EMERGING SPACE POWER “Kalam! If one does not do anything, one does not experience any problem. But if you do any mission, any task, problems will arise. That problem should not become your master. You should become the master of the problem, defeat that problem and succeed.” The foregoing was the piece of advice given by Prof. Satish Dhawan to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 1972 when Prof. Dhawan and Prof. Brahm Prakash asked Dr. Kalam to be the Project Director for the first Satellite Launch Vehicle at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). Prof. Dhawan bucked up Dr. kalam: “I will give you the required budget. We must do it in seven years. All manpower will be available to you from the organization and from all the centres. We will all work together. Even the Chairman will work for the programme. It is a very important programme.” The first experimental fight on August 10, 1979 failed on account of a leak of oxidizer-red, fuming nitric acid. The experiment failed/ but Dr. Kalam did not fail. He sought to locate the cause of failure and the task was made easy by the Chairman of the Failure Analysis Board. The Chairman of the Board...
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