UR Rao: First Indian to Be Awarded IAF’s ‘Hall of Fame’ Award


Prof Udupi Ramachandra Rao a former ISRO Chairman and space scientist has become the first Indian to be given ‘Hall of Fame’ Award by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) for his outstanding contribution to the development of astronautics within the framework of the IAF activities.

Image of Udupi Ramachandra Rao

Image of Udupi Ramachandra Rao

Udupi Ramachandra Rao the First Indian to Be Awarded IAF’S ‘Hall of Fame’ Award

  • He will honor with the award at the 67th International Astronautical Congress to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico in September 2016.

About UR Rao:

  • From 1984 to 1994 he had worked as Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
  • India had initiated the development of the geostationary launch vehicle GSLV and the development of cryogenic technology in 1991 under his leadership.
  • During his stint he has contribute in the successful launch of INSAT satellites at ISRO.
  • He also had attended as the first Chairman of Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the ISRO.
  • He is the Chairman of Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad currently.
  • He is also serving as Chancellor of Indian Institute for Space Science and Technology (IIST) at Thiruvananthapuram currently.
  • He was awarded with Padma Bhushan in 1976.
  • He was inaugurated into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington in March 2013 at a ceremony organized by the Society of Satellite Professionals International.

IAF Hall of Fame:

  • It contains a enduring gallery of these characters, counting biographical information, citation and a picture in a special part of the IAF web presence.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 16, 2016