Complete Set of 4 nos of postage stamps on the Indian Space Programme :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 29, 2000
Stamp Designs : The first two stamps are on OCEANSAT–1 and INSAT–3B respectively, representing the country’s latest achievements in satellite technology. The third stamp in setenant format carries a painting by S. Praveen, winner of the 1st prize in the senior category in Stamp Design Competition for Children: 1999 on the theme ‘India in Space – 2025′, indicative of the fascination of the young mind for space exploration and the quest for knowledge about the unknown. It also brings out the yearning of the new generation to see India excelling in this advanced field of science.
The first day cover is yet another painting made for Stamp Design Competition for Children: 1999, by Parishi Miaish Yagnik, on the theme ‘India in Space – 2025’.
Designed by : ISRO (OCEANSAT–1 and INSAT–3B) and S. Praveen (India in Space).
Type : 2 Single Stamps and 1 Se-tenant pair of 2 Stamps, Postal Used
Watermark : No
Colour : Four Colour
Denomination : 300, 300 & (300 + 300) Paise
Stamp Overall Size : 2.90 x 3.90 cms. and 5.80 x 3.90 cms. (Setenant)
Stamp Print Size : 2.50 x 3.55 cms. and 3.55 x 2.70 cms. (Setenant)
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 3 million each in sheets of 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
- Space Science – Research in space science is actively pursued through the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, Space Physics Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad and ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore.
- International Cooperation – India has cooperative agreements in space with several countries and space agencies. Training in space applications is offered to personnel from developing countries under scheme known as Sharing of Experience in Space (SHARES). On the commercial front, India offers space hardware and services to international customers through Antrix Corporation of Department of Space.
- The Future – India’s space programme enters the new millennium with confidence, continuing to lay emphasis on large scale applications of space technology, while adapting to the dynamic and complex challenges that will emerge. Increasing and enhancing the INSAT services with incorporation of transponders in higher frequencies like KU and Ka-bands, introducing new services like direct-to-home television and digital audio broadcasting, tele-education, tele-health and personal communication, navigation and mobile communication, meteorology and disaster management and establishment of countrywide satellite based GRAMSAT system are envisaged. India will continue to retain its leadership in the field of space based remote sensing by developing and launching more advanced satellites having improved spatial and spectra resolutions, for applications in the area of agriculture, forestry, water, minerals, urban development and environment monitoring. Space science research will also be pursued to add to the world’s knowledge on our universe while providing new avenues to our scientists.
- Text: ‘India – A Reference Annual’ (Publications Division) and material furnished by ISRO.