ISBN 9789382993483,Indias Rise as a Space Power

Indias Rise as a Space Power


Ur Rao



Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789382993483

ISBN-10 9382993487


Number of Pages 230 Pages
Language (English)

Popular astronomy & space

Padma Bhushan Prof. U. R Rao's unparalleled experience and involvement in Indian space industry has contributed to a great extent for him to write his latest book India's Rise as a Space Power. It is an elaborative narration of different epochs in India's space journey. Being one of the pioneers in satellite technologies and space sciences, Professor Rao describes India's emergence as a well-established space player from a first person perspective. The book brings out a chronological sequence of events from the days of the genius Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, who perceived the utmost need of a space program for a developing country like India, to the days when his visions were realized by a series of technological breakthroughs. Although the book tends to emphasize a bit more on mathematics in some of its sections, which is not very usual in works with a historical context attached to it, the author successfully presents an overall picture of India's space endeavours, by carefully bringing out important milestones in the fields of launch vehicles, satellite technologies, remote sensing applications in agriculture and weather forecasting, geostationary telecommunication technologies, and fruitful international partnerships which have paved the way for great collaborative efforts in reaching the space.

About the author

Prof. U. R. Rao is considered as one of the chief architects of Indian space program, and stands as one of the elite bunch of visionaries who carefully chalked out a plan to fulfil the technological needs of India. He started his career under Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and then went on to carry out some of the very important responsibilities in India's space sector. Several satellite programs were launched under his leadership in the areas of communication, remote sensing and meteorological applications. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in the year 1976, for his tremendous contributions towards the development of country's space industry. He is also the first Indian space scientist to be inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame. Dr. Rao also served as the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad