Rocket expert K. Sivan appointed as new chairman of ISRO

Rocket scientist K. Sivan, currently Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, is to be the next Secretary of the Department of Space, and Chairman of the Space Commission and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), with a term of three years.

Dr. Sivan will take over from A.S.Kiran Kumar as the ninth head of the country’s Space establishment. Mr. Kiran Kumar ends his term on January 14.

Sivan is popularly known as the "Rocket Man" for his significant contribution in the development of cryogenic engines for India's space programme.

It was Mr Sivan's expertise that gave ISRO the ability to send 104 satellites in a single mission, setting a world record in February last year. He was the key person who worked on the technicalities of how the satellites would be placed in orbit.

Sivan, at present Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, will succeed Kumar, who was appointed on January 12, 2015.

About K. Sivan

Sivan was born in Nagercoil, the border town of Tamil Nadu with Kerala. he graduated from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering in 1980. He took his ME in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1982. 
Subsequently, he completed his PhD in Aerospace engineering from IIT-Bombay in 2006. 
He joined the ISRO in 1982 in PSLV project. He has contributed immensely towards end to end mission planning, mission design, mission integration and analysis over the years

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