George has been the guiding force in the design and development of all the earth observation cameras on board Indian Remote Sensing Satellite and INSAT.
George Joseph started his research career in 1962 at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bombay, where he was involved in the study of cosmic rays. Based on his research work at the Tata Institute he was awarded a PhD degree by the Bombay University. A novel detector system designed by him was flown on the first Indian satellite Aryabhata (satellite) to detect solar neutrons.
In 1973, George was invited to join the Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad-one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation, and initiated the development of remote sensing technology particularly sensors of various types. His first office was the kitchen at the rented house which was the first premises of the Space Applications Centre. He has been the guiding force in the design and development of all the earth observation cameras on board Indian Remote Sensing Satellite and INSAT. He served the ISRO in various capacities including director of its Space Applications Centre and took keen interest and initiative to ensure the fruits of space technology reach common man. One of his contributions is the study report on Indian Mission to the Moon in the capacity as chairman of the Lunar Mission Study Task Force.
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