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Renowned scientist Sivan K named new ISRO chairman

Renowned scientist Sivan K named new ISRO chairman

Sivan graduated from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering in 1980.

But, once again, finances came in the way again of Sivan's pursuit of academics.

He studied in government schools in Tarakkanvilai and at neighbouring Valangumaravilai in Tamil medium.

On his elevation, Sivan told PTI: "This is a rare opportunity". "He (Kalam) was batch number four and I was batch number 29".

Rocket scientist K Sivan has been designated to take over the Chairmanship of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

He has contributed to critical projects of ISRO including the parallel computing facility, hypersonic wind-tunnel facility, Mars mission and reusable launch vehicle programme. The co-passenger satellites comprise one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nanosatellites from six countries - Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

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Tomorrow's launch also marks the first for ISRO this year after the unsuccessful mission of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on August 31 last year when the heat shield of the rocket did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence.

Sivan joined ISRO in 1982 to Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Project. Sivan, who now serves as the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) will replace A S Kiran Kumar as the head of the country's space establishment after Kumar's three-year term comes to an end. The mission design process and innovative mission design strategies perfected for PSLV has become the foundation for ISRO launch vehicles like GSLV, GSLV-MK3 and RLV-TD. It comes at a time when ISRO is planning to outsource construction of satellites and rockets for future launches.

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

Mr Sivan is now director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum.

His wife is a homemaker, and they have two sons.


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