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K Sivan to take over as Isro chief

13 January 2018

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.

But, once again, finances came in the way again of Sivan's pursuit of academics. Sivan too worked in the fields. "He (Kalam) was batch number four and I was batch number 29".

The government today appointed renowned scientist Sivan K as the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to replace of A S Kiran Kumar.

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.

"My hearty congratulations to Dr K Sivan on his appointment as Chairman of ISRO".

The co-passenger satellites consist of one micro and nano satellite each from India as well as three micro and 25 nano satellites from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, Britain, and the United States.

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But, he added, we have the opportunity to fulfil the dreams of the great men and women who devoted their lives for our freedom. Speaking on the occasion, Adityanath said only the youth could change the system with new innovations.

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 previous year. PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission is scheduled to be launched on Friday, 12 January morning.

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. The mission design process and innovative mission design strategies perfected for PSLV has become the foundation for ISRO launch vehicles like GSLV, GSLV-MK3 and RLV-TD.

He is the chief architect of the 6D trajectory simulation software, SITARA, the backbone of the real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles.

Sivan studied aeronautical engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology and completed his Master of Engineering in Aerospace engineering from IISc, Bangalore.

Mr Sivan is now director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum. They have two sons, Sushanth and Siddharth.

K Sivan to take over as Isro chief