Dr K Sivan appointed as ISRO's new chairman

The 28 international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm'Antrix Corporation Ltd. PTI file

"Taking ISRO humbly into a new orbit would be my endeavour, serving both India and ISRO", NDTV quoted Dr Sivan as saying after the announcement was made.

"The entire village is happy. This is a post held by legendary people, I accept this with humility".

Expressing happiness, he recalled the efforts of his seniors and work by juniors in space initiatives (for organisational and nation's growth) and said the government also "believed in me".

Besides contributing significantly to the PSLV project, Sivan was also involved in designing the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and GSLV Mk-III vehicle.

Renowned scientist K Sivan, who will replace AS Kiran Kumar as the chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on January 12, may not have got the fame he deserved as the space agency's achievements grabbed the spotlight past year. Dr Sivan, who has contributed immensely to many ISRO projects, is a native of Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu.

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Sivan is well-known for his contribution to the development of cryogenic engines for India's space programme and is now serving as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. He completed his PhD in aerospace engineering from IIT-Bombay in 2006.

Sivan has received numerous awards throughout his career which includes Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai in April 2014 and Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research award for 1999. He took over as chief of VSSC, ISRO's lead centre, in June 2015.

Thirty six years later, at the age of 60, Sivan has been named chairman of the space agency.

The 28-hour countdown for the launch of ISRO's 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission, from the space port of Sriharikota, about 110 km from here, began today.

The Personnel Ministry issued an order stating that Sivan will serve as Department of Space secretary and chairperson of the space commission for a three-year term.

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