K Sivan appointed the chairperson of ISRO

13 January, 2018, 16:34 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • K Sivan has been appointed chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation

K Sivan is the new chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and secretary, Department of Space. Sivan, who now serves as the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) will replace A S Kiran Kumar as the head of the country's space establishment after Kumar's three-year term comes to an end. He would replace incumbent ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar, whose term ends January 14. Sivan was the key person to work out the technicalities of sending 104 satellites into orbit in 2017, reported the news channel. Dr Sivan, who has contributed immensely to many ISRO projects, is a native of Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. "Taking ISRO humbly into a new orbit would be my endeavour, serving both India and ISRO", NDTV quoted Dr Sivan as saying after the announcement was made.

Sivan, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, joined ISRO in 1982.

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According to several reports, it was Sivan's expertise that gave ISRO the ability to send 104 satellites in a single mission, setting a world record in February past year. He took his ME in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bangalore followed by a doctoral degree from IIT, Bombay in 2006. He was appointed project director of the Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle project in April 2011 and director LPSC in July 2014. Sivan also designed a software called Sitara, which ISRO uses for simulating trajectories of its rockets. He took over as chief of VSSC, ISRO's lead centre, in June 2015.

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