India, 17 April 2006: ISRO Satellite Integration and Testing Establishment (ISITE) was inaugurated by Mr M K Narayanan, National Security Advisor, on April 17. Mr G Madhavan Nair, Secretary, Department of Space/Chairman, ISRO, presided over the inaugural function.
With the increase in the demand for satellite capacity, it has become imperative to increase the size, sophistication and the launch frequency of the satellites. ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) spread over 100 acre is intended mainly to meet these requirements.
ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) is the lead centre of ISRO for development of satellite technology, which is engaged in the design, development and testing of satellites for scientific, technological and application missions. Thirty-seven Indian satellites have been built in the Centre so far. Of these, seventeen satellites — seven remote sensing satellites, eight communication satellites, a meteorological satellite and a small satellite HAMSAT – are in operation at present providing a variety of services at national as well as international levels.
Over the years, sophisticated facilities needed for building and testing satellites have been added to ISAC and today, some of these facilities have very few parallels in Asia. Laboratory for Electro-Optic Systems (LEOS) as well as ISRO Radar Development Unit (ISRAD) have also been set up in Peenya, which work under the overall umbrella of ISAC.