The team from Indian Space Research Organisation which
successfully realised the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) mission that
launched CARTOSAT-2 as well as the team that deployed and recovered Space
capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1) have been awarded the prestigious Team
Achievement Award of International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). This Award
was presented to the Teams on September 28, 2008 at Glasgow, Scotland, UK
during the Academy Day organised as a part of the International Astronautical
The Team achievement Award was created by Board of Trustees of
IAA in the year 2001 to recognise extraordinary performance and achievement by
a team of Scientists, Engineers and Managers in the field of Astronautics to
foster its peaceful and international use.
It may be recalled that in the tenth flight of PSLV conducted
from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, on January 10, 2007,
PSLV-C7 successfully launched four satellites - India's CARTOSAT-2 and
Space capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-1), Indonesia's LAPAN-TUBSAT and
Argentina's PEHUENSAT-1 - into a 635 km high polar orbit. SRE-1 was
subsequently recovered successfully on January 22, 2007.
The PSLV-C7 team was led by Mr N Narayana Murthy, Project
Director, PSLV-C7 and included Mr George Koshy, Vehicle Director, PSLV-C7,
Cartosat-2 by Mr M Krishnaswamy, Programme Director, IRS, SRE-1 by Mr A
Subramoniam and Ground support team by Mr S K Shivakumar, Director, ISTRAC. The
overall co-ordination of the mission was by Mr P S Sastry, Director, LVPO at
ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore.
The teams which were honoured in the past with this Award include
Space Shuttle Team, Hubble Space Telescope Team, the Solar Satellite Mission
SOHO Team and Mir Space Station Team. ISRO's SRE-1 and PSLV Team were
chosen by the Board of Trustees of IAA in March 2008 on the recommendations of
IAA's Awards Selection Committee.