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He became a star in 1972, first as chief of the Satellite Launch Vehicle Project (SLV-3) and later on as its project director... He had a habit of shooting pointed questions to anyone who crossed his path, because of which I too had to take care to be up-to-date on every aspect of my work. You didn't want to be caught unawares when he ran into you at the staircase!
And this is where India's USP lies. ISRO has till date, on average, charged only around 75 percent for commercial launches of smaller satellites as compared to total costs borne by customers of satellite launch service providers in Europe and US.