The present Doodle commends the 89th birthday celebration of famous Indian professor and scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao, remembered by many as “India’s Satellite Man.”
Born in a remote town of Karnataka on this day in 1932, Prof. Rao started his career as a cosmic-ray physicist and protégé of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, a researcher broadly viewed as the dad of India’s space program. After finishing his doctorate, Prof. Rao carried his gifts to the U.S., where he functioned as an educator and led investigates NASA’s Pioneer and Explorer space tests.
On his return of India in 1966, Prof. Rao started a broad high energy stargazing program at the Physical Research Laboratory, India’s chief foundation for space sciences, prior to leading his nation’s satellite program in 1972.
Motivated by the reasonable utilizations of aviation innovation to take care of cultural issues like destitution and food deficiencies, Prof. Rao administered the 1975 launch of India’s first satellite—”Aryabhata”— one of more than 20 satellites he built up that changed a lot of country India by propelling correspondence and meteorological services.
From 1984 to 1994, Prof. Rao kept on impelling his country’s space program to stratospheric statures as administrator of India’s Space Research Organization. Here, he created rocket innovation like the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), which has dispatched more than 250 satellites. Prof. Rao turned into the principal Indian drafted into the Satellite Hall of Fame in 2013, the very year that PSLV launched India’s first interplanetary mission—”Mangalyaan”— a satellite that orbits Mars today.
Happy Birthday, Prof. Rao! Your stellar technological advancements keep on being felt across the galaxy.