Dr Sivan, who hails from a small village near Nagercoil in coastal Tamil Nadu, and became the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Trivandrum in 2015.
K Sivan the current Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum was on Wednesday appointed as the new Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
He will succeed AS Kiran Kumar and have a three-year term as the ISRO chief. Sivan’s appointment was cleared by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) on Wednesday.
Known as the “Rocket Man” for his significant contribution to the development of cryogenic engines for India’s space programme, K Sivan was responsible for the design and development activities for all launch vehicles.
A product of IIT Bombay, Sivan has contributed significantly to Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and GSLV Mk-Ill vehicle design. He has been credited for the development of the PSLV rocket that launched 104 satellites in a single mission, setting a world record last year.
He also led ISRO’s Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) project one of the most technologically challenging projects of ISRO. The project aims at developing a fully reusable launch vehicle. K Sivan was involved in its design qualification, aerodynamic characterisation and hardware development.
Dr Sivan, who hails from a small village near Nagercoil in coastal Tamil Nadu, and became the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Trivandrum in 2015. He is the senior-most scientist in the ISRO hierarchy and has been with the space agency since 1982.
Graduating 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.