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DR APJ ABDUL KALAM’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY With some of his major contributions to the country

Helped develop India’s first indigenous SLV-III

As a Project Director he helped develop India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-101) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of Space Club

Headed the projects that developed missiles like Agni and Prithvi

He became the CEO of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) and played a key role in the development and operationalisation of missiles like Prithvi and Agni

Director for Project Devil & Valiant

In the 1970s, Kalam also directed two projects, namely, Project Devil and Project Valiant, which sought to develop ballistic missiles from the technology of the successful SLV programme

Providing urban amenities to rural areas

He began a trust named ‘Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas’ (PURA) and he gave away all his salaries and savings for it after he found out that the government takes care of Presidents

Brains behind conducting Pokhran-ii nuclear tests

He played a crucial role in the 1998 Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with the Department of Atomic Energy, which made India a nuclear weapon State

Helped design “Kalam-Raju-Stent & Tablet”

In 1998, Dr Kalam and Dr Soma Raju developed a low-cost coronary stent called the ‘Kalam-Raju’ Stent. Later in 2012, they designed a rugged tablet computer for healthcare in rural areas, which was named the ‘Kalam-Raju tablet

Driving force behind the development of lightweight calipers

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam worked with his team to produce lightweight calipers for polio affected children. They weighed 1/10th of the weight of those that were available in the market. These calipers reduced their pain significantly while walking

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