Former ISRO Chairman and space scientist Prof Udupi Ramachandra Rao became the first Indian to be inducted in the Hall of Fame of International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
He was inducted during the closing ceremony of the 67th IAF Congress 2016 held at Guadalajara, Mexico for his outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics.
About UR Rao
- 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.
- He was 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). He was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington in March 2013 by the Society of Satellite Professionals International.
IAF Hall of Fame: It consists of a permanent gallery of these personalities, including biographical information, citation and a picture in a special part of the IAF web presence.