It's wondrous just imagining space and the infinite bounds of our existence! Making things worth sending out there designed to explore the unknown, precise every bit in an immeasurable infinity, is a pursuit far from any trivialities. Have you wondered about the questions, ideas and inspiration it takes to scale a leap up to these marvels in space? In the grandest scheme of things, expanding our reaches out in space has perhaps been the most astonishing and awe-inspiring feat in human history. In conversation with Dr. R. V. Ramanan, an eminent scientist from the Indian Space Research Organization- the crucial brilliance behind the fundamental concept of multi-satellite launch and separation, which also led to ISROâ€™s world record milestone of launching 104 satellites in a single launch in 2017, Dr. R.V. Ramananâ€™s striking ingenuity is strongly complemented by his warmth and humility. In the conversation, he talks about his journey, fascinating anecdotes, and quintessential insights from the exceedingly challenging field of Spaceflight Mechanics and Astrodynamics and what it takes to literally shoot for the stars and beyond!

# ..when we start anything, that fear of the unknown will be there. It may look simple but that is something I used to say in classes also â€“ nothing is simple, nothing is obvious, nothing is trivial.. Now we have sent 104 satellites in a launch, but â€˜98 we started with two!

### ABOUT THE GUEST

Dr. R.V. Ramanan Adjunct Professor (Retd.), Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology

An illustrious scientist from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and a veteran in the industry of space sciences, Dr. Ramanan is one of the pioneers in the Indian chapter to have explored the dynamic field of Spaceflight Mechanics and Astrodynamics. He pursued his Bachelors in Mathematics and Masters in Applied Mathematics from the Madurai Kamaraj University. Following this, he joined the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in 1984 as a scientist and served for a span of 26 years during which, he worked on a plethora of distinct applied research disciplines, broadly covering the integrated aspects of Space Mission Design and Analysis, Orbit raising and maneuvering studies, and Optimization with main focus on transfer trajectory design of various space missions. Among his numerous significant contributions, he notably served as the Deputy Project Leader (of the Mission division) for the Moon Impact Probe Project of the well-known first Chandrayaan or the Moon-mission of ISRO, planned the Mangalyaan mission to Mars, and is the crucial person behind the fundamental idea of multi-satellite launches that ISRO currently uses. He shifted to academia in 2010 and took up the role of an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IIST till his retirement in the year 2020.

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