VR Lalithambika All Set To Head Country’s Manned Mission To Space

Our proud nation (India) is ready for its manned task to space. The special mission will be supervised by Dr VR Lalithambika- an expert taskmaster, control systems engineer.

She has an experience of over 30 years at ISRO and has been tasked to forward a manned mission to space by 2022.

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In her great profession, Dr Lalithambika has functioned on all Indian rockets Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and an indigenous space shuttle.  

The 56-year-old engineer bagged her education in Kerala. The great lady has 3 kids.

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Dr Lalithambika has been involved in numerous projects comprising the introduction of 104 satellites in one go on February 15, 2017, and has also donned a noteworthy role in the implementation of more than 100 space missions.

Dr Lalithambika stated, “Directorate of human space programme has recently been set up at the Isro headquarters. My designation is the director, DHSP. We will be working under the guidance of the Isro chairman to complete the mission. We are currently charting out ways as of how it should be done. All Isro centres will be involved in the execution of the programme. In fact, academia and industry will also be roped in for the programme. I can’t give any more information about it.”

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As a pupil, she was intelligent and had this quality inside her via her grandpa who was a great arithmetician.

"My granddad was a multi-faceted personality. Besides being a mathematician, he was an astronomer and gadget-maker too. He used to make lenses, telescope and microscopes at home itself," said Dr Lalithambika.

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"Right from childhood, I had exposure to science and technologies because of him. Our house in Thiruvananthapuram was very close to the Thumba rocket testing centre. I could watch sounding rocket launches from home. My grandfather used to alert me about all upcoming launches in the evening and educate me about Isro’s work. Naturally, I was drawn towards Isro since childhood because of him. My father was an engineer and my husband too had the engineering background. We are a family of engineers."

Dr Lalithambika passed out GATE but didn't become part of IIT. In its place, she tied the nuptial knot.

On this, she stated, "I did B.Tech from College of Engineering in Thiruvananthapuram and was the college topper. Then I got married and subsequently pursued M.Tech in the field of control engineering from the same college. I am proud of passing out from a college that has produced many stalwarts in diverse fields of engineering. In a sense, marriage is what made me, as most of my achievements came after that. When I joined Isro’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in 1988, I already had a two-year-old child but my husband took the big burden of taking care of the house."

by Vijay Singh | Tue, Sep 25 - 11:47 AM

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