Chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) "Junior Kalam” runs a missile complex in Hyderabad that is named for India’s Missile Man A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
DRDO Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy, also known as "Junior Kalam", is the first Indian scientist to be awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal Aeronautical Society of United Kingdom (RAeS) in the last 100 years.
Reddy, who has spearheaded and achieved a number of successful missions, was recently given the prestigious Missile System Award 2019 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his leadership in the Indian missile programmes.
The 56-year-old Indian Aerospace Scientist has been recognised by the UK’s aerospace community for his contributions towards indigenous design, development and deployment of diversified missile systems, aerospace vehicles, guided weapons and avionics technologies.
Reddy has been recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society for demonstrating extremely high precision and technology prowess for spearheading Mission Shakti, India’s first Anti-Satellite Missile Test mission.
He was also recognised for successfully demonstrating missile interception capabilities at high altitudes and bolstering India’s Ballistic Missile Defence programme which provides a multi-layered shield against ballistic missile attacks.
The Society also described him as the 'Next Generation Missile Man" due to his work on advanced technologies and his vision to develop indigenous technologies.
Leading the development and contributing towards India’s successful flight-testing of the Agni V missile, “his R&D contributions have made India self-reliant in Missiles and Avionics technologies,” the Royal Aeronautical Society said.
Reddy already has numerous awards to his name, including the AIAA Missile Systems Award, National Aeronautical Prize, National Systems Gold Medal and National Design Award, IEI-IEEE (USA).