Sivan K appointed as Space Secretary


The government today appointed renowned scientist Sivan K as the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to replace of A S Kiran Kumar. Dr Sivan is now the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; an arm of the national space agency ISRO.

Sivan, who will become the 10th person to hold the Chairmanship of ISRO is likely to face several challenges.

Sivan's appointment was cleared by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) on Wednesday.

He 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.

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Dr Sivan developed a day-of-launch wind biasing strategy which has made possible rocket launches on any day of the year, in any weather and wind conditions.

He will take over from Dr A S Kiran Kumar, the present chairman, after the PSLV launch on Friday.

He led the Reusable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) project, one of the most technologically challenging endeavors of ISRO towards developing essential technologies for a fully reusable launch vehicle, and was involved in its design qualification, aerodynamic charecterisation and hardware development.

He graduated from Madras Institute of Technology in aeronautical engineering in 1980 and completed Master of Engineering in Aerospace engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1982, according to his biodata.