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Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« on: 01/14/2014 03:37 AM »
I am trying to make a list of literature on ISRO, and Indian space endeavors and history in general:



ISRO: A Personal History, by R. Aravamudan (2017)
Publisher: http://www.amazon.in/ISRO-Personal-History-R-Aravamudan/dp/9352643631/254-7031416-7262203


Indian Remote Sensing Satellites and Payloads - A Glance (2015/2016)
Publisher: http://www.isac.gov.in/earth-observation/IRS.pdf


Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet, by P.V. Manoranjan Rao (2015) (free e-book)
Publisher: http://www.isro.gov.in/pslv-c25-mars-orbiter-mission/fishing-hamlet-to-red-planet-download-e-book


Evolution of Solid Propellant Rockets in India (2014)
Publisher: http://www.drdo.gov.in/drdo/English/index.jsp?pg=rocket-2014.jsp
Introduction sample chapter: http://www.drdo.gov.in/drdo/pub/monographs/Introduction/rocket-2014.pdf


India's Rise as Space Power, by UR Rao (2014)
Publisher: http://www.cambridgeindia.org/showbookdetails.asp?ISBN=9789382993483
Review: http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/the-indian-space-saga/article5574836.ece


Destination Mars: The Secrets of the Red Planet Revealed, by SK Das (2014)
Publisher: http://www.redturtlebooks.com/books_details/?books_id=51


A Brief History of Rocketry in ISRO, by P V Manoranjan Rao, P Radhakrishnan (2012)
Publisher: http://www.orientblackswan.com/display.asp?categoryID=10&isbn=978-81-7371-764-2
Review: http://www.thehindu.com/books/this-is-indias-rocket-science/article3828527.ece


Asia's Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks, by James Clay Moltz (2011)
Publisher: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-15688-2/asias-space-race


Mission Moon : Exploring the Moon with Chandrayaan 1, by SK Das (2010)
Publisher: http://www.isro.org/newsletters/scripts/newslettersin.aspx?page11jan2010mar2010


Now We Set to Settle on Moon: Chandrayaan Discovery Paves the Way, by Malti Bansal (2010)
Publisher: http://www.abebooks.com/Now-Set-Settle-Moon-Chandrayaan-Discovery/7514904061/bd


Emerging Space Powers: The New Space Programs of Asia, the Middle East and South-America, by Brian Harvey, Henk H. F. Smid & Theo Pirard (2010)
Publisher: http://www.springer.com/engineering/mechanical+engineering/book/978-1-4419-0873-5


Chandrayaan and Beyond: Indian Space Exploration Programme New Findings About the Moon, by Pawan Sikka (2010)
Publisher: http://www.lelobooks.com/reference/7826--chandrayaan-and-beyond-indian-space-exploration-programme-new-findings-about-the-moon-hardcover-9788176580533.html


50 Years of Space: A Global Perspective, by P V Manoranjan Rao (2008)
Publisher: http://www.universitiespress.com/display.asp?categoryID=11&isbn=978-81-7371-600-3


Destination Moon: India’s Quest for the Moon, Mars and Beyond, by Pallava Bagla and Subhadra Menon (2008)
Publisher: http://www.harpercollins.co.in/BookDetail.asp?Book_Code=2029


Vikram Sarabhai: A Life, by Amrita Shah (2007)
Publisher: http://www.amazon.in/Vikram-Sarabhai-Life-Amrita-Shah/dp/0670999512 (no publisher page, out of stock everywhere)
Review: http://www.hindu.com/br/2007/05/29/stories/2007052901231600.htm


Touching Lives: The Little Known Triumphs of the Indian Space Programme, by SK Das (2007)
Publisher: http://www.amazon.com/Touching-Lives-Little-Triumphs-Programme/dp/0143102168


Growing Rocket Systems And The Team, by SC Gupta (2006)
Publisher: http://www.bookadda.com/books/growing-rocket-systems-team-suresh-chandra-8172865023-9788172865023


Reach for the Stars: The Evolution of India's Rocket Programme, by Gopal Raj (2003)
Publisher: http://www.amazon.com/Reach-Stars-Evolution-Indias-Programme/dp/067089950X


The Japanese and Indian Space Programmes: Two Roads Into Space, by Brian Harvey (2000)
Publisher: http://www.springer.com/astronomy/astronomy,+observations+and+techniques/book/978-1-85233-199-3


Wings of Fire, by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, with Dr. Arun Tiwari (1999)
Publisher: http://www.abdulkalam.nic.in/wings_of_fire.html


Spies from space: The ISRO frame-up, by J. Rajasekharan Nair (1999)
Publisher: http://www.amazon.com/Spies-space-The-ISRO-frame-up/dp/8122005373 (no publisher page, out of stock everywhere.)



If anyone knows about any other books, please add to the list.

PS: I am not affiliated with any of these books/publishers/marketplace :)

Edit: Updated list from posts below. Thanks.
« Last Edit: 01/30/2017 05:00 PM by vyoma »

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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #1 on: 01/14/2014 05:45 AM »
Well, its half India... "The Japanese and Indian Space Programs", Two Roads to Space, Brian Harvey, 2000, Praxis/Springer.

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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #2 on: 01/14/2014 09:47 AM »

Nambi Narayanan's supposed to be coming out with a book about the infamous espionage case, which is also likely to have a first-hand perspective of ISRO's infancy.

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He plans to bring out both the English and Malayalam versions of his story.“I’ve completed the draft of the English version, but now I’m looking for someone to polish it.
....

“I also want to show how ISRO evolved a staff of 23, the Mary Magdalene Church, the Bishop’s House and school building to some 25,000-plus staff and big missions. People should know,” he said.
And he could be the right man to tell us, having worked at close range with the likes of Vikram Sarabhai, Sathish Dhawan and U R Rao.
“They were three important people- three sons- India can be proud of. I want to show how good they were and how they planned ISRO activities,” he said.

But we may have to wait a bit

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Given the theme, it won’t be too hard to land a good publisher for his book. But Nambi Narayanan is not ready - for the time being, at least.
“Every story has an ending. We have to conclude a story. This story hasn’t ended,” he said, referring to the fact that his fight for justice and compensation is still on. Nambi Narayanan, whose name had been cleared by both the CBI- who concluded that the whole case was cooked up - and the Supreme Court, recently received Rs 10 lakh as interim compensation from the Kerala Government after the Kerala High Court upheld an NHRC verdict last year.
The book comes in two parts; with the spy case, which ruined his career, acting as the dividing line.

In the meantime, there's another book that's supposedly already been published, which chronicles the case

"Spies from Space: The ISRO Frame-up" - J Rajashekharan Nair

(Although, anyone wanting to read it will probably have to contact the author and request a copy, given http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/books/why-my-book-didn-t-sell)



EDIT:
Didn't mention it earlier, primarily because I expected that the interested audience is already aware of it. But, since ,


"Wings of Fire" - Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, with Dr. Arun Tiwari
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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #3 on: 01/30/2014 01:59 PM »

EDIT - Didn't notice that vyoma's already included the book in the list.

Some stuff from Prof. U R Rao's (credited as being the person who decided that ISRO would in fact, pursue an indigenous cryogenic stage) book


Quote from: ToI piece
At a time when India is basking under its hard-earned cryogenic glory, it is fitting to remember a time when a sanctions-hit Isro got a leg up from unexpected quarters afterBharatnatyam exponent Padma Subrahmanyamoffered to dance to raise funds for it.

Quote from: ToI piece
It reveals that way back in 1982, all it took for the Russians to reduce the launch cost for Indian remote sensing satellite IRS-IA was a kiss by the then Indian ambassador to Moscow, Vishnu Ahuja, on the cheeks of the Russian industries minister. The original launch cost was Rs 12 crore. "It was at this stage (that) Mr Vishnu Ahuja, our active ambassador in Moscow entered the scene. With his fluency in both Russian language and Russian customs, he charmed the Russian minister of industries, kissed him on both cheeks and to the amazement of Prof Dhawan (the then Isro chairman) and myself, the launch cost was immediately reduced to Rs 7.5 crores," the book states.

Is Emraan Hashmi related to Vishnu Ahuja?  ;D

Quote from: ToI piece
Rao also states that in the earlier part of the negotiations with the Russians, T N Seshan, who was additional secretary in the department of space, threw tantrums because he was not the leader of the Indian delegation. He was then warned by Dhawan in no uncertain terms that any high-level delegation would only be led by a scientist and not an administrator.

This is a bit rich. T N Seshan has always been a stickler for procedure and for rules, but you don't win the Magsaysay award, serve as a bureaucratic team member of the IGMDP, as Cabinet Secretary when we were going nuclear, and bring windfall changes as perhaps the most famous Chief Election Commissioner - if you're prissy and pompous. I think this is ToI being ToI and blowing up a disagreement over delegate nomenclatures and "protocol".

Anyway, should be able to know for sure when the book's out.
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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #4 on: 01/30/2014 02:50 PM »
Prof. UR Rao's book is already out. I did buy "India's Rise as Space Power" (UR Rao), "Wings of Fire" (I'm really late in picking up this one :) ), and "A Brief History of Rocketry in ISRO" (P V Manoranjan Rao, P Radhakrishnan).

"A Brief History of Rocketry in ISRO" is excellent. It too covers a bit about TN Seshan - it seems he's the one who named liquid engine "Vikas". I've now just started with UR Rao's book :)

By the way, here's an interesting interview with Prof. UR Rao, which covers a bit about cryo controversy:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiJ1yRrNRO8[/youtube]
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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #5 on: 02/01/2014 06:53 AM »
Here goes few more books for the list..

Chandrayaan and Beyond: Indian Space Exploration Programme New Findings About the Moon
Author: Pawan Sikka
Publisher: Uppal Publishing House
Release: 2010
http://www.lelobooks.com/reference/7826--chandrayaan-and-beyond-indian-space-exploration-programme-new-findings-about-the-moon-hardcover-9788176580533.html


Destination Moon: India’s Quest for the Moon, Mars and Beyond
Authors: Pallava Bagla and Subhadra Menon
Forewords by: Dr. G. Madhavan Nair and Dr. K. Kasturirangan
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India
Release: 2008
http://www.harpercollins.co.in/BookDetail.asp?Book_Code=2029


Now We Set to Settle on Moon: Chandrayaan Discovery Paves the Way
Author: Malti Bansal
Release: 2010
http://www.abebooks.com/Now-Set-Settle-Moon-Chandrayaan-Discovery/7514904061/bd
http://books.google.co.in/books?id=35sqq1HBS2sC&printsec=frontcover


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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #6 on: 02/04/2014 01:38 PM »
Also "Touching Lives - The little known triumphs of the indian space program" by S.K. DAS
published by Penguin Books -India in 2007

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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #7 on: 02/09/2014 05:42 AM »
One more,

Emerging Space Powers: The New Space Programs of Asia, the Middle East and South-America (2010)
by Brian Harvey, Henk H. F. Smid & Theo Pirard
http://www.springer.com/engineering/mechanical+engineering/book/978-1-4419-0873-5

This book was actually First Published as The Japanese and Indian Space Programmes: Two Roads Into Space in 2000.  Apart from India & Japan, New edition includes Iran, Brazil, Israel, North & South Korea.
The new edition has 3 chapters on India,
Ch-4 India: The Vision of Vikram Sarabhai
Ch-5 India: Space Technology & the villages
Ch-6 India: Manned and lunar flight.
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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #8 on: 02/24/2014 03:45 AM »
Asia’s Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks (2011)
by James Clay Moltz

http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-15688-2/asias-space-race

Analysis of Asia's fourteen leading space programs, concentrating especially on developments in China, Japan, India, and South Korea.
A chapter on India gives history, policy, strategy, challenges of Indias space Programes
ch4 : The Indian Space Program - Rising to the Challenge

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Re: Books on ISRO and Indian space tech
« Reply #9 on: 02/25/2014 09:27 PM »
One of the best books on ISRO's history, but ending at 2001 or so is "Reach for the Stars" by N. Gopal Raj.

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« Reply #10 on: 12/03/2016 05:39 PM »
Indian Remote Sensing Satellites and Payloads - A Glance - e-book by ISRO: http://www.isac.gov.in/earth-observation/IRS.pdf

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« Reply #13 on: 12/26/2016 02:54 AM »
ISRO's internal magazine "Space India" is now made available for public: http://isro.gov.in/space-india