Here is a list of ISRO’s biggest launches over the last 2 years that showcase India’s space prowess

The Indian Space Research Organisation gave the country another proud moment after it successfully tested indigenous mini space shuttle, the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), and demonstrated its space prowess.

This is the fourth successful mission of 2016 so far, where ISRO conducted various launches, building India’s might in space.

The space organisation is moving swiftly towards its aim and is harnessing space technology in innumerable ways to help in nation building.

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The Mars Orbiter Mission, fondly known as MOM and Mangalyaan, which successfully entered the Martian orbit on September 2014 in its maiden attempt, was applauded worldwide as India had become the first nation to successfully complete its maiden Mars mission and also the fourth country to successfully venture into Mars.

In the future, ISRO wants to test the Unified Launch Vehicle, follow up with Chandrayaan-2, Venus exploration, solar exploration, et al.

Many such achievements added feathers on ISRO’s cap and in the last two years, the space organisation has strengthened the satellite system and made a mark in space.

Here is a list of ISRO’s major achievements over the last two years.

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Mars Orbiter Mission

Mars Orbiter Mission
The Mangalayaan entered Mars orbit on 24 September 2014 and India became the first country to enter Mars orbit in its very first attempt. It was completed at a record cost of $74 million. The National Space Society awarded the Mars Orbiter Mission team the 2015 Space Pioneer Award in the science and engineering category.

GSLV MkIII

GSLV MkIII
​The first experimental flight of heavy-lift next generation launch vehicle, GSLV-Mk III, was successfully conducted on December 18, 2014 from Sriharikota. This flight has validated the complex atmospheric regime of flight and demonstrated the Integrity of design of GSLV Mk III.

Astrostat

Astrostat
ASTROSAT satellite, India’s first dedicated astronomy satellite was successfully launched by PSLV-C30 on September 28, 2015. ASTROSAT enables simultaneous Ultraviolet to X-Ray observations to study Stars and Galaxies. It will also provide opportunity to task observations for the scientific community.

GSAT

GSAT
GSAT-15, India’s latest Communication Satellite is a high power satellite being inducted into the INSAT/GSAT system. It carries a total of 24 communication transponders in Ku-band as well as a GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) payload operating in L1 and L5 bands. GSAT-15 was launched by Ariane-5 VA-227 launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana on early morning of November 11, 2015.

Navic or IRNSS-1G

Navic or IRNSS-1G
This was the seventh consecutive successful launch of the navigation satellite-IRNSS-1G in April 2016. With this, India became self-sufficient with indigenous navigation system. This was quite important and historic for India as the US had denied GPS assistance to India during the Kargil war with Pakistan.

PSLV-C28

PSLV-C28
ISRO showcased its commercial launch capability after it successfully launched five satellites for the UK in July 2015. In less than 20 minutes after the launch, the rocket placed in the designated orbits three identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites, an auxiliary earth observation micro satellite (CBNT-1) and one technology demonstrator nanosatellite (De-OrbitSail), built by SSTL.
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