gives a glimpse of the development of the earth observation cameras in India
and provides insights into the technological innovations and the leadership
foresight which placed India at par with achievements elsewhere in the world,
in this area. The book also covers some aspects of the management functioning
in ISRO. The book starts with the beginning of the space program in India and
systematically chronicles the journey of the development of advanced space
based imaging system. The book also provides some basic technical insights into
the building of space based remote sensing cameras, which have been presented
in a way that can be understood by non-specialists too. In addition to students
and professionals in the field who will get a broad account of the functioning
of space based camera systems and the nuances in the design, development and
deployment of them, those in policy making and technical management in space
agencies across the globe will also find the book useful to understand the path
taken by India to achieve pre-eminence in this field.
Dr. George Joseph started his research career in 1962 at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, where he was involved in the study of cosmic rays. For his pioneering work at TIFR on detection of emission of neutrons from the Sun he was awarded Ph.D. degree in 1971. In 1973 he was invited to join Space Applications Centre (SAC), one of the major centers of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), primarily for developing earth observation systems. Under his leadership a variety of earth observation cameras were developed for the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS) and the Indian National Satellite (INSAT). Apart from being the guiding force for the development of earth observation remote sensors developed by ISRO, Dr Joseph has made substantial contribution towards the realization of various other remote sensing related activities. He served SAC in various capacities including its Director from 1994-1998.
Dr. Joseph has served in a number of national and international committees/organizations including President of Technical Commission–1 of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) during 1996-2000. During 2006-2009, he was Director, Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTE-AP), affiliated to the UN. He is Fellow of number of National Academies such as: Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, and Indian National Academy of Engineering. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to electro optical sensor development and for his distinguished achievements in furthering the remote sensing utilization in the country, Government of India has honored him in 1999 by the civilian award – Padma Bhushan.