The former ISRO chairman, U.R. Rao, is all set to join the prestigious international Satellite Hall of Fame on March 19, an ISRO statement said.

Prof. Rao, who presided over the country’s space programme as Secretary, Department of Space, and Chairman of the Space Commission for 10 years from 1984, will join some 40 space celebrities who include Arthur Clarke. He is now the chairman of the governing council of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.

On that day, the U.S.-based Society of Satellite Professionals International will formally induct Prof. Rao into its membership and Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held in Washington D.C.

The society has been honouring “visionaries who have transformed life on the planet for the better through satellite technology,” ISRO said. The society’s members are pioneers in communications, satellite and aerospace research or development of satellite-based applications for business, institutions and government.