New Book Announcement – The Indian Space Programme. Available on 4 Oct 2017

My second book is available from next week – 4th October 2017.  Almost 6 years in the making, it is a detailed account of India’s Space Programme.  Available on Kindle and paperback from next week. The subject is not everyone’s cup of tea. If it is yours and fancy doing a book review. Drop me […]

Book Review: ISRO: A Personal History

Title: ISRO: A Personal History Publisher: Harper Collins India Author: R. Aravamudan with Gita Aravamudan A delightful personal account of India’s space program from the very beginning. With personal memories from an era that otherwise would be lost. This is an important historical record of events that will in a few years be lost entirely […]

Book Review : Space India 2.0

Title: Space India 2.0 Publisher:  Observer Research Foundation Author: Edited by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Narayan Prasad Free download from http://www.orfonline.org/research/space-india-2-0-commerce-policy-security-and-governance-perspectives/ If you are looking for a single source of current state of play with the Indian space programme from a diverse collection of writers from in and outside India – this is it. This book is a […]

Book Review: ISRO’s Earth Observation Cameras

Title: India’s Journey Towards Excellence In Building Earth Observation Cameras Publisher:  Notionpress.com Author: Dr George Joseph ISBN:  978-93-5206-998-9 As a late joiner to the space club, India’s space program was in “catch-up” mode for most of its early history.  Never the less, original technological innovation did take place. In this book, Dr George Joseph describes […]

Book Review – From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet: India’s Space Journey

Title: From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet: India’s Space Journey Publisher: Harper Collins India Author: ISRO Chief Editor: P.V. Manoranjan Rao This book is probably the most detailed and most comprehensive account of how the Indian Space Program was founded and has developed since 1963.   There is no single narrative that flows from the […]

Book Review – India’s Rise as a Space Power

Title: India’s Rise as a Space Power Publisher: Cambridge University Press, India Pvt Ltd Author: U.R Rao ISBN-10: 9382993487 ISBN-13: 978-9382993483 In the April of 1971, the USSR approached India and offered to launch an Indian satellite. Vikram Sarabhai asked UR Rao to develop and lead the program. In December 1971 Sarabhai died. Perhaps it […]

Book Review: Vikram Sarabhai – A life

  Title:Vikram Sarabhai: A Life Hardcover: 264 pages Publisher: Viking (India) ISBN-10: 0670999512 ISBN-13: 978-0670999514 Although, any national space programme relies on thousands of individuals, history has a tendency to single out one man (and it usually is a man) as an originator above all others. Sergei Korolev and perhaps Wernher von Braun served that […]

Mars Beckons India – Mars mission set for November launch

The dramatic announcement by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in August 2012 to launch a mission to Mars surprised everyone. It went further. In order to catch the next Mars launch window ISRO committed to a launch in November 2013. Miss that and they will have to wait for at least two years for the next one. This is an extra-ordinarily bold undertaking for a space agency with the experience of only a single mission beyond Earth orbit under its belt.

Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester – Errata

This book was published over a year ago.  I thought it would be useful to share with you some of the corrections and comments I have received. Naturally, if you are aware of others please drop me a line. * * * P7:  Korloev died in 1966 not in 1967 as stated  on p17. Thanks Dave Shayler […]

The Red Rockets’ Glare – Book Review

Title: The Red Rockets’ Glare : Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857–1957 Publisher: Cambridge University Press Author: Asif A. Siddiqi ISBN: 9780521897600 Price: £58.00 [414 pages hardcover] This is probably the most meticulous analysis of the culture of an insecure, troubled and courageous people: the Soviets and those that preceded them, who collectively pulled off […]