The U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), formerly ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) (Hindi: इसरो उपग्रह केंद्र) is an Indian Space Research Organisation centre for the design, development, and construction of Indian satellites. It was established in 1972 as Indian Scientific Satellite Project (ISSP) in Peenya Industrial Estates of Bengaluru.[1] ISAC was renamed as U. R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) after the former ISRO Chairman and ISAC founding director Dr. Udupi Ramachandra Rao with effect from 2 April 2018. URSC is situated in Vimanapura Post.

U R Rao Satellite Centre
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Agency overview
Formed11 May 1972; 50 years ago (1972-05-11)
JurisdictionDepartment of Space
HeadquartersBangalore, in Karnataka, India
Annual budgetSee the budget of ISRO
Agency executive
  • M. Sankaran, Director
Parent agencyISRO
WebsiteURSC home page

The centre launched its 100th satellite on January 12, 2018,[2] encompassing the INSAT series, the IRS series, and GSAT communication satellites.

Organisations under URSC include the Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS) and the ISRO Satellite Integration and Testing Establishment (ISITE).


Like other ISRO centres, URSC is organised using matrix management. The centre is divided into Functional Areas such as Control and Mission Area, Electronic Systems Area, Mechanical Systems Area, and Reliability and Components Area.

Each area is divided into groups. For instance, Control and Mission area has many groups like Control Systems Group, and Flight Dynamics Group. Groups are divided into divisions. For example, Control Systems Group has divisions such as Control Electronics Division, Control Dynamics and Analysis Division.

Project Planning and Evaluation Group, Computer and Information Group, Space Astronomy and Instrumentation Division are independent. Facilities groups like Thermovac facility and projects such as IRS, INSAT, SATNAV operate separately.


M. Sankaran is the current director.[3]


  1. ^ "Bangalore's ISRO Satellite Centre turns forty".
  2. ^ "ISAC's maiden century".
  3. ^ "Sankaran appointed U R Rao Satellite Centre's director". URSC. 27 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ "DR T K Alex Appointed as New Director of ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore".
  6. ^ "S K Shivakumar takes over as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore".
  7. ^ "M Annadurai takes over as Director of ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore".
  8. ^ "P Kunhikrishnan retires as Director of U.R.Rao Satellite Centre, Bangalore".

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