Rocket scientist S Somnath appointed as the new chief of ISRO – World Affairs SRS

Rocket scientist S Somnath appointed as the new chief of ISRO

– World Affairs SRS

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Announced the appointment of eminent rocket scientist Dr S Somnath as its new Chairman and Space Secretary. he will succeed Kailasavadivoo Sivan who is completing his extended term. The posts of ISRO chairman, space secretary and space commission chief are usually held by only one person.

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Dr. S. Somnath’s Experience:

Mr. Somnath is an expert in multiple disciplines including Launch Vehicle Design and holds expertise in Launch Vehicle Systems Engineering, Structural Design, Structural Dynamics, Integration Design and Processes, Mechanism Design and Pyrotechnics. He is currently the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was a team leader for the integration of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) during the early stages of his career.

About Dr S Somnath:

  • Born in July 1963, Somnath graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Kerala, with a second rank in the university; and completed his Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore with Gold Medal for his meritorious performance.
  • He is a recipient of Space Gold Medal from Astronautical Society of India (ASI), Performance Excellence Award-2014 and Team Excellence Award-2014 for receiving GSLV Mk-III from ISRO.

Important facts for all competitive exams:

  • ISRO Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka;
  • Establishment of ISRO: 15 August 1969.

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