The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) (भारतीय अंतरिक्ष विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, ഭാരതീയ ബഹിരാകാശശാസ്ത്രസാങ്കേതികവിദ്യാപ്രതിഷ്ഠാനം) is India
's national institute for the study and development of space science, located at Valiamala, Nedumangad
, Kerala. It was inaugurated on 14 September 2007 by G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman of ISRO. IIST is sponsored by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under the Department of Space, Government of India. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, is the Chancellor of IIST.
At its inception, the institute started functioning at the Antennae Training Facility (ATF) Campus, under Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala.A state-of-the-art residential campus built near Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre in Valiamala, Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram was inaugurated by Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India on August 25, 2009.
The Prime Minister was not present for the inauguration, but unveiled a plaque remotely from New Delhi through video conferencing.The institute started functioning in its new campus from 15 August 2010. The campus has an extension in the picturesque Ponmudi
Hills, Thiruvanathapuram, for an observatory.