Former chairman of Isro Prof U R Rao was inducted into the 2016 IAF Hall of Fame by the International Aeronautical Federation (IAF) during the closing ceremony of the IAF Congress 2016 held at Guadalajara, Mexico, on Friday.Under Rao’s guidance, beginning with the first Indian satellite, Aryabhatta, more than 20 satellites were designed, fabricated and launched.
Prof Rao, who has published more than 260 scientific and technical papers in various journals, received several awards and honours including Padma Bhushan and induction into the satellite hall of fame, Washington, by the Satellite Professionals International.
He had served as Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 1984 to 1994. Under his guidance, ISRO had designed more than 20 satellites including India’s first satellite Aryabhatta.
Under his leadership, India had initiated the development of the geostationary launch vehicle GSLV and the development of cryogenic technology in 1991.
Prof U R Rao also responsible for successful launch of INSAT satellites during his stint at ISRO. He also had served as the first Chairman of Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the ISRO.
He has published more than 260 scientific and technical papers in various journals. He had played pivotal role in promoting the use of space technology for broadcasting, meteorology, education, disaster warning and remote sensing. Awards and Honours: Padma Bhushan (1976).
Prof U R Rao was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington in March 2013 by the Society of Satellite Professionals International.