Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Udupi Ramachandra Rao, who is also popularly known as U. R. Rao, was inducted into the 2016 IAF Hall of Fame on 30 September 2016 by the International Aeronautical Federation (IAF).
After this, U R Rao also became the first Indian to be inducted into IAF Hall of Fame.
About International Astronautical Federation
• The International Astronautical Federation is an international space advocacy organisation based in Paris.
• It was founded in 1951 as a non-governmental organization to establish a dialogue between scientists around the world.
• It has over 300 members from 66 countries across the world.
• It is linked with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) with whom the IAF organises the annual International Astronautical Congress.
• The IAF Hall of Fame consists of a permanent gallery of honoured personalities, a citation, biographical information and a picture on the IAF website.
Hall of Fame
- The IAF Hall of Fame is intended to create a standing forum of personalities that have contributed substantially in the progress of space science, technology, and space benefits to mankind, within the framework of the IAF activities.
- It consists of a permanent gallery of these personalities, including a citation, biographical information, and a picture, in a special part of the IAF web presence.
Rao also accelerated rocket technology development, which resulted in the launch of the Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket in 1992 and the operational launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle subsequently. “Rao promoted the use of space technology for broadcasting, education, meteorology, remote sensing and disaster warning, the space agency said.