CHENNAI: About two decades before he became famous as the chief election commissioner who taught politicians to behave, T N Seshan was busy helping India make its first giant strides in space science. As administrative director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in the 1970s, Seshan drafted the contract signed with SEP, a company that worked for French space agency CNES, to develop Vikas, India’s first liquid propulsion engine. The engine continues to power Isro’s PSLVs and GSLVs used for missions including Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan. It was a tough deal to strike as India had no money to offer, just a workforce which had virtually nothing to show. Seshan drafted a contract that offered the French Indian engineering manhours for a fraction of the global cost in return for equal ownership of the technology. S Nambinarayanan, who led the 50-member Isro team at SEP, France, remembers Seshan dictating the 50-odd page “tricky contract” in one go. “When stenographer Datta Guru gave him the typed text, Seshan ran a pen through it, the tip touching the paper only a few times to inject a comma or to replace a word. This man was extraordinary,” says Narayanan. Seshan, who signed the… Read full this story
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