Scientist K.Sivan appointed ISRO's new Chairman

Olive Hawkins
January 13, 2018

On its 42nd mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) trusted workhorse "PSLV-C40" will carry the weather observation "Cartosat-2" series satellite and 30 co-passengers (together weighing about 613 kg) at lift-off at 9.28 am tomorrow.

K. Sivan is the chief architect of 6D trajectory simulation software, SITARA which is the back-bone of the real-time and non-real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles, according to the VSSC.

On his elevation, Sivan said: "This is a rare opportunity".

Space science and rocketry was something that had never crossed the mind of Sivan, who had been educated in a Tamil-medium school in Sarakkalvilai village, a hamlet in Nagercoil district. He took his ME in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1982 and earned his doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering from IIT, Bombay in 2006.

Besides contributing significantly to the PSLV project, Sivan was also involved in designing the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and GSLV Mk-III vehicle. He held various responsibilities during his stint in ISRO. Sivan, the director at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, will succeed MR Kumar, whose term ends on January 14.

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Mr Sivan is now director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum. "It is a matter of pride for Tamil Nadu that a person from our state has attained such a high position through ability and dint of his hard work", Palaniswami said. The entire launch of satellites is expected to happen over a period of 2 hours and 21 seconds, it said.

Sivan is at present Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram and will have his hands full as he steps into his new role.

PMK founder S Ramadoss also greeted Sivan and wished him well in his endeavours.

Sivan joined the ISRO in 1982 in PSLV project and has contributed immensely towards end to end mission planning, mission design, mission integration and analysis.

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