Rocket specialist K Sivan appointed new ISRO chief

Federico Mansilla
Enero 13, 2018

Asked if he expected the elevation, he said "I did not expect it", adding his "mind is full of PSLV (launch)".

It was in 1974, when a young Kailasavadivoo Sivan made a decision to pursue engineering after his pre-university education. Later, he graduated from ST Hindu College in Nagercoil, he said.

He was exceptional in mathematics, creating a record by scoring 100% in four subjects.

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

"Sivan hails from a very ordinary family". Sivan too worked in the fields.

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

But with persistent encouragement from his father and help from relatives, Sivan took up the study of aeronautical engineering at MIT-the same course taken by Kalam-in 1980.

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Government appoints eminent scientist K Sivan as new chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); set to take charge on Friday replacing present chairman A S Kiran Kumar. 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.

On August 31, 2017, India's mission to launch its backup navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 failed after the heat shield did not separate in the final leg of the launch sequence and as a result, the satellite IRNSS-1H got stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket.

Now the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thiruvananthapuram, Sivan will succeed A.S. Kiran Kumar and have a three year term as the ISRO chief.

He joined ISRO in 1982 in Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project and contributed immensely towards end to end mission planning, mission design, mission integration and analysis. Sivan also designed a software called Sitara, which ISRO uses for simulating trajectories of its rockets.

He evolved novel strategies for launching India's MARS mission endeavor through PSLV.

In 2014, he received Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai and Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research award in 1999. They have two sons, Sushanth and Siddharth.

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