Professor Udupi Ramachandra Rao, secretary of India’s Department of Space is being honored by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) with the 2016 IAF Hall of Fame Award. He was former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization.
Prof. Rao is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the progress of astronautics within the framework of the IAF’s activities. Right from design and launch of first Indian satellite Aryabhata in 1975, he oversaw more than 18 satellites for communication, remote sensing and meteorological service purposes.
“It is a true honor for IAF to attribute this award to Professor Rao, who has been for many years an active participant to the success of space in general and of the Federation in particular,” Kiyoshi Higuchi, president of the IAF, wrote in a letter to Rao.
Rao will receive the IAF Hall of Fame Award at 67th International Astronautical Congress to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico from September 26-30, 2016