Rocket specialist K Sivan appointed new ISRO chief

“To prove the ability to do the soft landing on the moon we will do the simulation tests in a gravity-less situation,” said S. Somanath director Liquid Propulsion System Centre Mahendragiri

K Sivan is the new chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and secretary, Department of Space.

Sivan, who is heading the Space Centre in Trivandrum had mastered the development of cryogenic engines for India.

He will be the ninth Head of the ISRO and will succeed A.S. Kiran Kumar, whose three-year terms end on January 14. He was the key person who worked on the technicalities of how the satellites would be placed in orbit.

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


He led the Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) project, one of the most technologically challenging endeavors of ISRO towards developing essential technologies for a fully reusable launch vehicle, and was involved in its design qualification, aerodynamic charecterisation and hardware development.

"I am humbled by this appointment as legendary leaders have held this position in the past", Sivan told NDTV. "Taking ISRO humbly into a new orbit would be my endeavour, serving both India and ISRO". Subsequently, he completed his PhD in Aerospace engineering 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.

He is the chief architect of the 6D trajectory simulation software, SITARA, the backbone of the real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles.

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