A genius to the core, Dr Abdul Kalam was the mastermind behind India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III). He was the project director of India's first satellite 'Rohini'. In his tenure in DRDO, Kalam was chief of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and developed five different missiles- Nag, Akash, Trishul, Agni, Prithvi.
He was also responsible for the operation and development of Prithvi and Agni missiles and for designing indigenous weapons by bringing together various institutions.
As the Scientific advisor to the Ministry of Defence and the Secretary to the Department of Defence Research and Development, he designed the concept of joint partnership which led to the formation of BrahMos Aerospace between Russia and India.
His literary achievements
He has penned many books like the Wings of Fire 2020-A Vision for the New Millenium, My JOurney and Ignited Minds-Unleashing the Power within India. He has been awarded with 'Padma Bhushan', 'Padma Vibhushan' and 'Bharat Ratna'.
Working for the ipliftment of the poor and the physically challenged, calling Kalam just 'Missile Man' would be unfair, he was a 'Man of Gold'.