On December 30, 2020 The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet(ACC) approved a 1 year extension of Kailasavadivoo(K) Sivan, Secretary of Department of Space, Govt of India and Chairman of space commission from January 14, 2021, i.e. upto January 14, 2022 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
- He is currently the chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO).
- He took charge in January 2018, succeeding, AK Kiran Kumar.
About K Sivan:
i.He joined ISRO in 1982 and was inducted into Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Project.
ii.He is the chief architect of 6D trajectory simulation software, SITARA, that is the backbone of the real-time and non-real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles.
iii.He has developed and implemented a ‘day-of-launch wind biasing strategy’. He was the chief mission architect for the successful launch of 104 satellites in a single mission of PSLV.
Key Position Held
i.He served as the director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre-VSSC (2015-2017) and Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre-LPSC (2014-2015).
ii.He was the project director of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-GSLV(2011-2013).
He received many awards including, Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award(1999) ISRO Merit Award(2007), Dr Biren Roy Space Science and/or Design Award(2011) and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award(2019) among others.
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About Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO):
Chairman– Kailasavadivoo (K) Sivan
Department of Space and ISRO Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka