Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

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The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)(Hindi:विक्रम साराभाई अंतरिक्ष केंद्र) is a major space research centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), focusing on rocket and space vehicles for India's satellite programme. It is located in Thiruvananthapuram, in the Indian state of Kerala.

The center had its beginnings as the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in 1962. It was renamed in honor of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space program. VSSC is surrounded by the villages of Veli to the south, Kulathoor to east, and Pallithura to the north.

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Center is one of the main Research & Development establishments within ISRO. VSSC is an entirely indigenous facility working on the development of sounding rockets; Rohini and Menaka launchers; ASLV, PSLV and GSLV, along with the solid-fuel motor program.


Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) is the largest of ISRO facilities. It is a center for the development of satellite launch vehicles and associated technologies. The centre pursues research and development in a host of distinct technology domains including Aeronautics, Avionics, Composites, etc. primarily for the purpose of advancing launch vehicle technology.

After the incorporation of Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) in 1962, its first act was the establishment of the...
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