Former ISRO Chairman UR Rao dies at 85

UR Rao, ex-ISRO chief and famous space scientist, passes away at 85

Under the 2017 Padma Vibhushan award winning scientist, India carried out at least 20 satellites project including the country's first, Aryabhatta. Having worked with Dr Vikram Sarabhai, Dr Homi Bhabha and Professor Satish Dhawan-the doyens of Indian space programme-Rao went on to carve a niche for himself at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), where he served as its chief for a decade (1984-1994).

Of Course, Prof UR Rao is no more.

Mr. U.R. Rao was the former Chairman of ISRO.

"He just did not stop working".

In a recent conversation with The Hindu, he contemplated seeking expansion of the planetarium, considering its 30-year-old structure could no more comfortably seat the increasing number of visitors.

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Moreover, during his tenure as ISRO chief, the development of rocket technology was speeded up, resulting in the successful launch of the ASLV rocket and the operational PSLV launch vehicle, which can launch two- ton class satellites into polar orbit. "He had a vision so clear that such hurdles could not stop him". Active nearly until the last days, Dr. Rao had been to his office in the Antariksh Bhavan earlier this month, ISRO officials said.

Saddened by demise of renowned scientist Professor UR Rao, PM Modi tweeted this morning.

Prime Minister Modi also expressed his sadness over the death of Rao. We take a look at the story of one of the main architects of India's space programme. Read: Former ISRO Chairman U R Rao passes away at 85. He was also serving as Chairman of the governing council of the physical research laboratory and the chancellor of the indian institute of science and technology at Thiruvananthapuram.

Rao also held positions in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has about 10 worldwide awards and many more national awards.

Prof. U.R. Rao, who had a tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was the first Indian to be inducted into the prestigious "The 2016 IAF Hall of Fame" by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) during the closing ceremony of the International Astronautical Congress-2016 at Guadlajara, Mexico in September.

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