As our Chief Advisor, Dr.G.Madhavan Nair, will bring in his valuable knowledge and experience with us, to improve and develop our Aeromodeling programs, especially Model Rocketry, which is his area of expertise. Rocketry is very close to his heart and he wants children to learn more about it and Space Research. He believes that extra curricular activity and as a hobby, Aeromodeling, Model Rocketry and Robotics will go a long way in shaping up the young minds for the pursuit of science and in creating a scientific temper which will mold them as outstanding scientists and engineers.
Dr. G. Madhavan Nair is the former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, Chairman of Space Commission & Secretary to Government of India, Department of Space, Bangalore and Chairman of Governing Body, National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad till 2009.
Dr. G Madhavan Nair was born on October 31,1943 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He graduated in Engineering from Kerala University in 1966 and underwent training at Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Bombay. He joined Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in 1967. Since then, he has held various positions posting illustrious milestones on his way to the position of Chairman ISRO.
He has taken initiatives towards development of futuristic technologies to enhance the space systems capabilities as well as to reduce the cost of access to space. He has given major thrust for evolving application programmes such as tele-education and telemedicine for meeting the needs of society at large. More than 31,000 classrooms have been connected under the EDUSAT network and telemedicine is extended to 315 hospitals. During his tenure of six years as Chairman, ISRO/Secretary,DOS,25 successful missions were accomplished i.e.,
INSAT-3E, RESOURCESAT-1, EDUSAT, CARTOSAT-1, HAMSAT-1, INSAT-4A, PSLV-C5, GSLV-F1, PSLV-C6, CARTOSAT-2, INSAT-4B, SRE-1, PSLV-C7, PSLV-C8, GSLV-F04, INSAT-4CR, PSLV-C10, CARTOSAT-2A, IMS-1, PSLV-C9, CHANDRAYAAN-1, PSLV-C11, PSLV-12, PSLV-C14 and OCEANSAT-2.
He has played a pivotal role in the development of India’s Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – GSLV capable of orbiting 2000 kg class of satellite into Geo Transfer Orbit, which had its successful flight in the very first attempt, and declared operational after its successful flight in 2003. Shri G Madhavan Nair as Chairman, Space Commission is responsible for chalking out the future plan for space research in the country. Major thrust are in scientific exploration of outer space using the ASTROSAT and Chandrayaan (moon) missions.
He is also providing guidance and leadership in undertaking new technology developments related to launch vehicle, spacecrafts for communication, remote sensing and applications programmes to meet societal needs.
Shri G Madhavan Nair’s focus has always been to achieve self-reliance in the high technology areas and to bring the benefits of space technology to the national development, specially targeting the needs of the rural and poor sections of the society. Dr.Madhavan Nair was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour, on January 26, 2009.
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