Man Who Sent 104 Satellites Into Space Is New ISRO Chairman

Dr K Sivan

Dr K Sivan

Government appoints eminent scientist K Sivan as new chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); set to take charge on Friday replacing present chairman A S Kiran Kumar. "He never went to any tuition or coaching classes".

As the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board cleared the countdown, the space body today said, "The 28-hour countdown activity of PSLV-C40/Cartosat2 Series Satellite Mission has started at 05.29 hours IST today".

He studied in government schools in Tarakkanvilai and at neighbouring Valangumaravilai in Tamil medium.

K Sivan, now the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Kerala, is an alumni of the Madras Institute of Technology where he studied aeronautical engineering. Sivan, the director at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, will succeed MR Kumar, whose term ends on January 14. Subsequently, he completed his PhD in Aerospace engineering from IIT, Bombay in 2006.

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The newly appointed ISRO chairman has also played a key role in developing the indigenous Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MK II, and was part of the team that ideated on the Swadeshi space shuttle (a reusable launch vehicle).

Sivan has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards including Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai in April 2014, The Distinguished Alumnus Award 2013 from MIT Alumni Association, Chennai, Dr Biren Roy Space science award for the year 2011, ISRO merit award for the year 2007 and Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research award for the year 1999. He took over as chief of VSSC, ISRO's lead centre, in June 2015. "It is a matter of pride for Tamil Nadu that a person from our state has attained such a high position through ability and dint of his hard work", Palaniswami said.

"My hearty congratulations to Dr K Sivan on his appointment as Chairman of ISRO". His elevation comes even as ISRO is preparing to launch its 100th satellite on Friday.