The farmer’s son who reached for the Sky – 8 things to know about K. Sivan, the new ISRO Chairman

The farmer’s son who reached for the Sky – 8 things to know about K. Sivan, the new ISRO Chairman

Simple living high thinking is something we can call in this context of the great scientist who works for this 50-year-old organisation called Indian Space Research Organisation .

The rocket scientist from Tamil Nadu, K. Sivan , who is the ninth chairman of (ISRO), has a big list of achievements. Here are some unique facts about this gem:

  1. Sivan is a son of a farmer of Kanyakumari,Tarakkanvilai village and born there itself.He completed his schooling in Tamil medium government schools. A hard-working and successful person, he learnt things from his own without any guidance and attending tutions. He became the family”s first graduate.
  2. In 1980, Sivan accomplished his in aeronautical from Madras Institute of Technology. After completing M Tech. in aerospace engineering from IISC Bengaluru, he joined the ISRO in 1982.
  3. Sivan was part of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project where he had a remarkable contribution in the planning, designing, integration, and analysis of the mission.
  4. In 2006, Sivan completed his PhD from IIT Bombay and also holds an honorary doctorate in science from Sathyabama University, which he received in 2014.

Sivan has worked in projects including GSLV, PSLV, and GSLV MkIII, and has been the project director of GSLV rocket.With all these mind blowing projects he has an expierence of over 30 years.

The rocket scientist has received many awards, including the Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 1999, ISRO Merit Award in 2007, and Dr. Biren Roy Space Science Award in 2011.

Sivan has been a part of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Systems Society for Science and Engineering, Aeronautical Society of India, and Systems Society of India. With his expertise in all areas pertaining to launching vehicles, he published a book titled Integrated Design for Space Transportation System in the year 2015.

  1. Before taking charge as the Chairman of ISRO, Sivan was designated as the director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Thiruvananthapuram, . Along with being the Chairman, he has also been appointed as the Secretary of Department of Space and Chairman of the Space Commission.
  2. In February 2017, India set a world record by launching 104 satellites with a single flight of PSLV. Sivan played a key role in setting that record.
  3. Chandrayaan-II and the developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MK3) in April. are the 2 important missions of his initial year of his three-year period of Chairmanship. 2 other important missions for him will be the launch apart from that, he will have to work towards designing bigger launch vehicles and deducting the expenses of satellites.

We salute this great man for his significant contribution in the history if ISRO.


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