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S Nambi Narayanan born on December 12, year 1941 is an Indian aerospace engineer who worked in the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In 2019 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honor from the Indian government. He led the team that acquired technology from the French for the Vikas engine used in the first PSLV launched by India. As a senior official of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), he was responsible for the cryogenics department.

In year 1994 he was accused of espionage and arrested. The charges against him were dismissed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April 1996 and the Supreme Court of India barred the Kerala government from pursuing its investigation on technical grounds. The matter was publicized by the Bharatiya Janata Party during the 2014 elections. In 2018, the Supreme Court awarded £50,00,000 (about US$70,000) in compensation to Dipak Misra Narayanan through a bank. However, the Kerala government decided to give him £1.3 million (£1.30 million; approximately US$183,000). The movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is based on his life.

Nambi Narayanan was born on December 12, 1941 into a Tamil Brahmin family in Nagercoil in the princely state of Travancore, where he also completed his schooling at DVD Higher Secondary School. He did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering at Thyagaraja College of Engineering, Madurai. Nambi Narayanan lost his father while studying in Madurai. He had two sisters. As soon as his father died, his mother became ill. Nambi married Meena Nambi. The couple had a son who is a businessman and a daughter, Geeta Arunan, who is a Montessori teacher in Bangalore.

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After studying mechanical engineering in Madurai, Narayanan began his career at ISRO in 1966 as a technical assistant at the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station. He earned a NASA grant and was accepted to Princeton University in 1969. He completed his master’s program in chemical rocket propulsion with Professor Luigi Crocco. He returned to India and specialized in liquid propulsion at a time when Indian rocketry relied entirely on solid propellants. He wrote that he had to teach Sarabhai liquid propulsion techniques.

In 1974, the Société Européenne de Propulsion agreed to transfer ISRO’s Viking engine technology in exchange for 100 man-years of engineering. The transfer was carried out by three teams, and Narayanan led a team of forty engineers working to adopt the technology from the French. The other two teams worked on indigenizing hardware in India and setting up development facilities in Mahendragiri.

The first engine called Vikas was successfully tested in 1985. Internal ISRO reports highlighted Narayanan’s exemplary organizational and managerial skills, but also noted instances where he “ran a private company,” along with his tendency to credit his team’s work. , an investigation by the Vigilance Cell in 1982 was later dropped. As commander of the Central Industrial Security Force unit stationed at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, RB Sreekumar had investigated allegations of tender manipulation by Narayanan.

On January 26, 2019, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India.

BookReady To Fire: How India And I Survived The ISRO Spy Case
AuthorNambi Narayanan
LanguageEnglish
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Pages372
CategoryBiography

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The book kept me in an exciting mood and did not let me rest until the end of the reading. The ordeal that Mr. Nambi and his colleagues have endured is truly unbelievable. I felt the mental disturbance that the wife and family were going through. I was reminded of Bhagavan Rajneesh because of what he went through in the United States for inventing a story of power.

It’s amazing how Vikram Sarabhai created the space program with a team of young engineers like Nambi who had the guts to try liquid propulsion while the focus was solid propellant. The passion, patience and perseverance of young scientists and engineers is magical.
Senior executives like Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and Prof. Satish Dhawan are highlighted in the book. Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s trust in Dr. Sarabhai was instrumental in increasing the trust of the entire team. The fate of India would have been very different if Dr. Homi J Bhaba and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai had not died too young.


The internal power struggle and how top management handled it makes for good reading. Many young people have had the opportunity to be educated in the best institutions of the USA, France and the USSR, and how they were educated to achieve the dream of space is well illustrated in the reading. Many had the opportunity to migrate, but national pride left many behind.
IB and the cops are poorly portrayed in the book and probably reflects political and international espionage operations.

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CBI looks better in this investigation. The sad part is how the Malaysian media spins myths, it’s unbelievable, and ISRO and the president didn’t have the guts to openly deny the espionage story. 51 days in jail without knowing why they were suspected is unnerving. It is very easy to lower the morale of Engineers and Scientists as there is no mechanism to fix the complaint.
Amazed at how the espionage suspects were able to withstand the torture and mental anguish inflicted on them by the IB, Kerala Police and CBI.

Who was the brains behind this conspiracy theory and what did they get out of it? In the end, we wasted 15 years developing a liquid-powered launch and got stuck with a solid-powered launch for far too long.

The book gives the impression that, despite poor planning and foresight, we can launch heavy rockets with amazing success. Strategic areas like the nuclear and space programs are not easy to navigate, but sheer trial and error has gotten the best of our naive but dreamy engineers to create a successful space program.

Any scientist or engineer in any institution would have experienced similar highs and lows in their careers and would be able to appreciate this book. On a personal level, it should be read by as many college students as possible to appreciate the challenges of dreaming big. The administrative role of the bureaucrats, in particular Mr. T N Sheshan, is commendable along with the legal fraternity that has fought in the case of the espionage suspect, in particular the Delhi-based lawyer, Mr. Murali. Prevent English media press from commenting.

Thank you Arun Ram and Nambi Narayanan for sharing your experiences in this Ready to Fire book.

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