This is a great lesson which no university taught me no book taught me but that one person that institution taught me such a bigger lesson so I thought of sharing with you how to manage Success most importantly the failure I had to repeated a number of times I don’t mind repeating that one incident that incident for me is a university education I’m not ready anywhere I have a so far I have gone around the orbit 71 times around the Sun I have not gone through any education such a beautiful education I got in seven 1979 1980.
I thought ofsharing with you on this occasion it is like this 1979 august 17th we wereready for launch of the satellite launch vehicle with 44 subsystem and thousandsof thousands of the components it was built in Vikram Sarabhai Space Center andat that time professor Satish dhawan was the Chairman space Commission andis also Space Center and he gave me the task 1973 to build a satellite launchvehicle to put a satellite in the orbit 1973 he gave me this task in 79 wewere ready thousands of engineers ten thousands of workers and staff they allwork together then we moved that satellite that satellite launch vehicle from vikramSarabhai Space Center to the now Satish dhawan Space Center at sriharikota those so the launch vehicle was was in the launchpad and that days 17th August 1979 and I am the mission director project directorand you’re all the control center and computer takes over at t-minus eight minutescomputer take over it was very difficult for me as a mission director to checkhundreds of parameters so it has to be checked computer we handover the wholelaunch of the Rocket system system to the computer so when t-minus eight minutes came i handed over to the computer for the launch on 17 august seven 1979 and thousands ofpeople are waiting for the launch mission centers and they’re workingthroughout the country and some down train stations exactly at T-minus eightminutes computer tookover and then at t-minus four minutes computer put ahault it says don’t launch so we’re all because at that time the wholerocket system alive and everybody is a closed system propallent system electronicsystem all around ready to launch computer says don’t launch at t-minusfour minutes that immediately a computer printout comes out there is some problemin the second stage control system there is a leakage so you don’t launch behind me thereare number of experts six -seven experts my experts ten years twenty years experienced peoplei talk to them and they are there computers to find out what happened andthey tell me within a within a minute they say there’s a problem in the secondstate control system and
we cannot launch computer says but we believe as experts that the ignitor that is oxidizer sufficiently more there even though there is a leakage in the system you can launch they asked me to launch that is I can say the computer shut off the computer I can manually launch the rocket system I took that I discussed with my experts I believed in them I agree with them and responsible for it I immediately put the rocket in the manual mode so rocket took off hundred seconds beautiful launch and the rocket first stage did its job its a four-stage rocket system then the second stage took off with in a minute within a second it recorded to spin that means which we study is control rocket system by guidance system but it was going to spin I knew I lost the rocket system within few seconds instead of putting the satellite into orbit the whole system went to Bayofbengal so it was a failure and then how do you handle a failure is very important for the entrepreneurs.
life is not so simple is we have to handle the failures with stoutheart my chairman with that is that professor Satish dhawan exactly 6 :30 I was very tired ofcontinuously working he comes to my room you join me for a press conference onthat day press call in the morning there is a press conference hundreds of Pressreporters media people have assembled just Professor Satish Dhawan toldme I am going to handle the press conference you’re going to come with me he tookme there was a press the national press international press they asked a lot of questions how can he put 20 cores in Bayofbengal one guy asked and likethat so many serious questions after all people will ask us questions people’s moneyso like that number of questions were there and professor Satish Dhawan said yes it’s afailure first time we launched we have gained a lot of system and definitely wewill succeed i will give all the support , technologies and give the whole supposedto my scientist i will be will succeed in a year’s time he said friends did youobserve what happened there I am the mission director i am theproject director I have failed the mission with me 5,000 people worked but chairmanIndian space research organisation he take the responsibility the failure hecompletely switched my failure to his failure this is the leadership quality ex-exactly after one year that is eighteenth july 1980
we go to the launch pad and the countdown starts t-minus eight minutes I handover to the computer checks out the first stage you need it for it initiates the rocket system first stage gives the required velocity second stage gives the required velocity third state gives the required velocity and four-stage required the escape velocity for to put the satellite in the orbit,
I am seeing in front of me what is performance taking place I took the micros with the mic announce all the station here is your mission director the satellite is into orbit and we congratulate you I told them no that’s not important that’s one of the important things happen but after 30minutes Satish Dhawan called me to go to the press conference you conduct the press conference he said can you see the significance failure he took it and success he gave me to my team just a great lesson is a great lesson yeah this is a great lesson which no university taught me no book taught me but that one person that institution that taught me such a bigger lesson so I thought of sharing with you yeah