Satish Dhawan Space Centre: Know All About The Launch Pad For ISRO's Chandrayaan 2 in Sriharikota
Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR. (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

The Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), also known as Sriharikota Range , is located at SHAR, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. It is the Spaceport of India and provides the Launch Base Infrastructure for the Indian Space Programme. The Sriharikota Range was renamed in honour of Indian scientist and former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Satish Dhawan.  Ahead of the GSLVMkIII or Chandrayaan 2 launch on Monday, the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) is once again in the spotlight. Chandrayaan-2 Rover-Lander Tested on 'Moon Surface' Created with Salem Soil.

“The GSLVMkIII is India's most powerful launcher to date and has been completely designed and fabricated from within the country,” said ISRO in its tweet. Chandrayaan 2 Launch by ISRO Live News Updates.

Ahead of the all important Chandrayaan 2 launch, it is a worthy exercise to look back at the origins of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) and facts related to it.

Given Below Is Important Information Related to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre

1.  When Was Satish Dhawan Space Centre Formed?

The Satish Dhawan Space Centre came into existence on October 1, 1971.

2. Where is the Satish Dhawan Space Centre Located?

The Satish Dhawan Space Centre is located on the east coast of Andhra Pradesh, on an island named Sriharikota.

3. When Was First Launching Made From the Centre?

The first rocket to be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre was in 1971, when an RH-125 was launched.

4. How Many Operational Orbital Launch Pads Does Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR Consist Of?

The Satish Dhawan Space Centre- SHAR consists of two launch pads. The second pad came into existence in the year 2005. The two launch pads are facilities where the rocket launching operations of PSLV and GSLV are carried out.

5. When Did the First Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV) Range Become Operational?

Three Rohini 125 sounding rockets were launched from the range on October 9 and 10, 1971 and the range became operational with these launchings.

6. Who is the Current Director of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre?

The current director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) is S Pandian.

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Apart from providing Launch Base Infrastructure for the Indian Space Programme, the Satish Dhawan Space Centre comprises of "facilities for solid propellant processing, static testing of solid motors, launch vehicle integration and launch operations, range operations comprising telemetry, tracking and command network and mission control centre," mentions the Space Centre website.