Indian space programme is directed towards self-reliance in the use of space science and technology for national development. Main thrust is in the areas of : (i) satellite communication for various national applications including telecommunication, TV broadcast and radio networking, (ii) resources survey and management, enviromental monitoring and meteorological services through remote sensing and (iii) development of indigenous satellites and launch vehicles to achieve the above objectives.
For promoting a unified development and application of space science and technology for national development, Space Commission and Department of Space were created in 1972 to evolve
policies and guidelines to achieve envisaged objectives. Policies framed by Space Commission are implemented through Department of Space (DOS) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
DOS is also the nodal agency charged with responsibility of establishing National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS) in association with various central and state agencies. Development activities of ISRO are carried out by following centre/units: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Thiruvananthapuram; ISO Satellite Centre (ISAC) Bangalore; SHAR Centre at Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh); Space Applications Centre (SAC) Ahmedabad; Liquid Propulsions Systems Centre (LPSC) with its facilities at Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Mahendragiri; ISRO Telementry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) with its network of ground stations and Development and Educational Communication Unit (DECU) Ahmedabad. Department of Space and ISRO headquarters are located at Bangalore