Department of Space


The Department of Space[3] is an Indian government department responsible for administration of the Indian space program. It manages several agencies and institutes related to space exploration and space technologies. The Indian space program under the DoS aims to promote the development and application of space science and technology for the socio-economic benefit of the country. It includes two major satellite systems, INSAT for communication, television broadcasting and meteorological services, and Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) system for resources monitoring and management. It has also developed two satellite launch vehicles Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) to place IRS and INSAT class satellites in orbit.

Department of Space
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Department overview
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersAntariksh Bhavan, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Annual budget13,949 crore (US$1.7 billion) (2021–22 est.)[1]
Ministers responsible
Department executive
Child agencies


In 1961, the Government of India and then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru entrusted the responsibility for space research and for the peaceful use of outer space to the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), then under the leadership of Dr. Homi J. Bhabha. In 1962, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) set up Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), with Dr. Vikram Sarabhai as chairman, to organise a national space programme.

In 1969, INCOSPAR was reconstituted as an advisory body under the India National Science Academy (INSA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established. The Government of India constituted the Space Commission and established the Department of Space (DoS) in 1972 and brought ISRO under DoS management on 1 June 1972.

On 15 January S. Somanath succeeded Kailasavadivoo Sivan as the Secretary (Space) and ex-officio chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation and Space Commission.[4] Vanditha Sharma is the additional secretary of the department.[5]

Agencies and institutesEdit

Organisation chart showing structure of the Department of Space.
Map of centres of the Department of Space of the Government of India.

The Department of Space manages the following agencies and institutes:[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Union Budget 2021: Dept of Space allocated Rs 13,949 cr in budget, Rs 4,449 cr more than last fiscal". The Financial Express. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  2. ^ "S Somanath appointed tenth chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation". The Indian Express. 12 January 2022. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  3. ^ "ISRO - Government of India". Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  4. ^ "S Somanath appointed tenth chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation". The Indian Express. 12 January 2022. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Space Commission". Department of Space.
  6. ^ "DoS structure". Department of Space, Government of India. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  7. ^ "NEC – North Eastern Council". Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Historic space reforms by DoS, ISRO set in motion to empower private space sector, academia- Technology News, Firstpost". Tech2. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  9. ^ "In a first, Centre approves setting up a new space board". Livemint. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.

External linksEdit

  • Official website