Kiran Kumar, who joined ISRO in 1975 was among the first batch of scientists to be roped in for India’s first remote sensing satellite ‘Bhaskara’ for which he made the first imaging sensors to begin with.
His knowledge in physics landed him in developing some crucial components for Chandrayaan-1 and Manlgalyaan missions and he was awarded the Padma Shri for the success.
Gong beyond, he was one of choices recommended by a high-level pnael that includes the outgoing ISRO chief and paved the way for another exciting three-year period ahead for the Indian space agency.
Not content with what he has achieved so far, the government and scientists all over the country are expecting Kiran Kumar to accomplish more than what his predecessor has achieved.
One of the major missions that Kiran Kumar will be foreseeing to successfully complete include the manned mission to space and secondly sending our astronaut to the Moon under the Chandrayaan 2 mission.
Another major project ahead for ISRO and Kiran Kumar will be Gagan and the Astrosat. In addition, the organisation will collaborate with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), to launch a spacecraft to study microwave remote sensing.
ISRO has already sone studies in the C-Band and the project with JPL will explore the L and S bands. ISRO will build the spacecraft, which requires a huge antenna with a diameter of 12 metres for launch in 2019-20.
More than collaborating with NASA, Kiran Kumar will be expected to carry out suture space projects with the French and Japanese space agencies, while China is often seen going alone in its space projects.
ISRO had carried out a joint project of building the Megha-Tropiques satellite with the French and also joined their project to develop two landers. The future projects may see more collaboration.
While continuing the ongoing projects of IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) projects, ISRO will also be focusing on developing semi-cryogenics, working on 11 Augmented IRNSS Coverage satellites, ADITYA mission to study Sun, among others.