Kerala-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSCC) of ISRO will have a new chief with effect from Monday as renowned scientist K.Sivan assumed office as director. The Centre is the second-most important arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
K. Sivan, took over charge from the outgoing director M.S. Dathan upon his retirement. A veteran scientist with the ISRO since 1982, Dr Sivan who hails from Nagercoil, was instrumental in carrying out planning, design, integration, and analysis of space missions undertaken by ISRO.
Dr Sivan was behind the commissioning of the global standard simulation centre in ISRO for mission synthesis> He has also contributed to set up parallel computing and hypersonic wind tunnel facilities.
He was a key member of the Mars mission that was launched by the PSLV and he spearheaded the Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) project that is going to be launched in October this year.
Dr Sivan was GSLV prject director since April 2011, anc achieved the successful development of the indigenous cryogenic engine. He became the director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre in July 2014 and pioneered the Mars mission strategy.
Dr K Sivan 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