Rocket specialist K Sivan appointed new ISRO chief

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The Centre on Wednesday appointed K Sivan the chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organisation, PTI reported.

Sivan, who would replace current ISRO chief AS Kiran Kumar, will have a tenure of three years.

Dr Sivan is said to have played a key role in ISRO's historic launch a year ago in which 104 satellites were launched in a single mission.

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Speaking to this newspaper over the telephone from the launch station at Shar, Dr Sivan said it is an honour to hold the post held by legendary leaders in space technology. "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.

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. This includes his contributions to the development of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), India's workhorse rocket for space missions. It comes at a time when ISRO is planning to outsource construction of satellites and rockets for future launches. He took his ME in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bangalore followed by a doctoral degree from IIT, Bombay in 2006.

On 1 June 2015, he became the Director of VSSC.