A Scientometric Profile of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) Based on Scopus Database

A Scientometric Profile of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) Based on Scopus Database

M. Vijayakumar (St. Xavier's College of Engineering, India), S. Lawyed Stephen (Noorul Islam Center for Higher Education, India) and A. Lawrence Mary (Loyola Institute of Technology and Science, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3457-0.ch012
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This chapter creates the scientometric profile of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) for the period from 1973 to 2016. The scientific productivity of the scientists is analyzed using scientometric indicators based on the data retrieved from the Scopus database. The analysis revealed that linear growth is prevailing. It also shows that the scientists are actively involved in disseminating their research findings in scholarly journals and G.V. Rao secured first position among the top-ranking authors. The Indian Institute of Science is the leading collaborating institution with VSSC and the United States is topmost collaborating country. Most of the scholarly communications of VSSC are published in the ‘Journal of Sound & Vibration' and a majority of the records are of an article type. Most of the articles are published in the inter-disciplinary subject of Engineering. The study also found that the total number of citations received by the documents published from VSSC are 17395 and out of the 1783 documents published and 1385 documents received citations.
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Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

After the incorporation of the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPR) in 1962, its first act was establishment of Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) at Thumba in Thiruvananthapurm in 1968. It is the major space research centre of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), actively involved on rocket and space vehicle for India's Satellite programme (www.isro.org). The Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station was renamed in honour Vikram Sarabhai as Vikram Sarabhai Space Research Centre (VSSC) in 1971. Developing rounding rockets, launch vehicles and certain technologies associated with space craft are the responsibilities of VSSC. In the early 1980s, VSSC was instrumental in the development of India's Satellite Launch Vehicle program, SLV-3. This was followed in the late 1980s with the Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV), for launching 150 kg satellites near the earth’s orbit. In the 1990s, VSSC contributed to the development of India’s workhorse launch vehicle, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

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