Dr. Bhaskaranarayana is working as Distinguished Vikram Sarabhai Chair Professor
at ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore
and has held the responsibilities of the Scientific Secretary;
Director-Satellite Communication Programmes; Director- Frequency Management
Programme; Director-INSAT; and Programme Director- Edusat & Telemedicine
Graduated from IIT-Madras, he is a fellow of the IETE and member of the
Astronautic Society of India and IETE Council. He joined Indian Space Research
Organization in 1972 and was associated with the development of India's first
satellite, "Aryabhatta". He worked on Telecommand, Telemetry and Communication
payloads developed for India's
first remote sensing satellite IRS-1A. He was also the principal designer of
high bit rate data transmission systems for IRS series of satellites.
He was designated as Deputy Project Director for
India's first operational communication
satellites INSAT 2A and 2B and was elevated to a position of Associate Project
Director for INSAT 2C/2D satellites. He was also a Project Director of Indian
Advance Communication satellite INSAT 2E, which was a forerunner for the new
INSAT/GSAT series of satellites.
He is awarded the "Distinguished Achievement Award" for his contribution to
the Aryabhata project; National Research and Development Council Award for
'Innovative Hardware Development' and ASI Outstanding Achievement Award for his
contribution to the spacecraft and related technologies. He is also the
recipient of ISRO's "Individual Performance Excellence Award" for year 2007,
"ISRO Merit Award" for year 2006 and several "Team-Excellence Awards".
He has been responsible for introduction of latest state-of-the-art
technologies in communication satellite-systems to enable these systems to be
commensurate with the latest trends in the world. Mr Bhaskaranarayana has been
leading a team of professionals utilizing satellite technology for the benefit
of common people through several societal applications programmes like tele-education,
tele-medicine and Village Resource Centres or VRCs.
Recently he has also received the 'Honorary Doctorate (Honoris causa)' for
the year 2009 from Sathyabama University,
He has published several papers in the National and International journals
and has three International Patents to his credit.