Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

K Sivan appointed the chairperson of ISRO

Countdown for launch of PSLV-C40 progressing smoothly K Sivan appointed the chairperson of ISRO
Sandra Phillips | 14 January, 2018, 07:12

The government today appointed renowned scientist Sivan K as the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to replace of A S Kiran Kumar. 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.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved his appointment as secretary, Department of Space and chairman of Space Commission for a tenure of three years, an order issued by the personnel ministry said.

Senior space scientist Dr K Sivan has been appointed the new chairman of the ISRO.

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Also the Space Agency is all set to begin the new calender year with the launch of 31 satellites on January 12 in its PSLV C-40.

"I am humbled by this appointment as legendary leaders have held this position in the past". He has been credited for development of the PSLV rocket that launched 104 satellites in a single mission, setting a world record in February previous year.

He is also credited with mastering the development of cryogenic engines for India. He is the chief architect of the 6D trajectory simulation software, SITARA, which is the back-bone of the real-time and non-real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles. He took his ME in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bangalore followed by a doctoral degree from IIT, Bombay in 2006.

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