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Ready To Fire : How India & I Survived The Isro Spy Case
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Ready To Fire : How India & I Survived The Isro Spy Case

Nambi Narayanan Arun Ram

Published by Bloomsbury India | Language - English | Binding - Hard Bound

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About the Book: Ready To Fire: How India and I Survived the ISRO Spy Case

A month-and-a-half after India successfully launched its first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on 15 October, 1994, a police party knocked at the doors of leading Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist S Nambi Narayanan in Trivandrum. Soon, his colleague D Sasikumaran and four others including two Maldivian women Mariam Rasheeda and Fauziyya Hassan found themselves at the centre of what came to be called the 'ISRO spy case. It cleaved the scientists life and that of ISRO into two parts: before and after the spy case. Nambi, who was in the process of getting the cryogenic rocket technology from Russia, was scaling a career peak; ISRO was at the cusp of a great leap. This book tells the reader how a police inspectors misadventure with a Maldivian woman resulted in the fabricated espionage case; how a faction of the Congress party in Kerala used it to bring down a government; and how Indias Intelligence Bureau played into some foreign hands to slow down Indias march in space. But the grand design failed. The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) found the case to be 'false, and recommended action against some police officers. The spy case came to its logical end on 29 April, 1998 with the Supreme Court quashing a Government of Kerala notification for further investigation. Today, Indias PSLV is one of the most reliable rockets for satellite launches. India has developed its own cryogenic rocket engine to take heavier satellites to orbit. But the ISRO spy case delayed Indias cryogenic engine by at least 15 years. What does one gain from that? It is in public domain how the US applied sanctions on India and Russia in 1992, a year after the two countries signed a contract for transfer of cryogenic technology. Also reported is the axing of a top IB man for supping with the CIA. Nambi Narayanan and senior journalist Arun Ram piece together incidents, background and some intimate details, unknown so far to the outside world—and one sees the plot..................

About the Author: Nambi Narayanan with Arun Ram

S Nambinarayanan, a mechanical engineer with a masters in Chemical Rocket Propulsion from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University, was among the pioneers in Indian space science. After joining the space mission as a Technical Assistant (Design) in 1966, he led a team of Indian scientists to France in the 1970s to jointly develop with the French the Vikas-Viking engine. He was the Project Director for the second and fourth stages of PSLV, when he also served as the Deputy Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. He was the first Project Director for Cryogenic Propulsion Systems in the early 1990s. After serving as the Associate Project Director for PSLV and GSLV and a member of the management council for the two Launch Vehicles, he retired as the Director, Advanced Technology and Planning, ISRO in 2001. Now living in Thiruvananthapuram with his wife, he has a son and a daughter.His son-in- law Subbiah Arunan, also an ISRO scientist, is Project Director of Mangalyaan, Indias mission to Mars...


Book: Ready To Fire : How India & I Survived The Isro Spy Case
Author: , ,
ISBN-13: 9789386826268
Product Code EBK0416091
Binding: Hard Bound
Publishing Date: 2018-03
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Number of Pages: 372
Language: English

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