Senior rocket scientist S Somnath appointed as ISRO chief – World Affairs SRS

Senior rocket scientist S Somnath appointed as ISRO chief

– World Affairs SRS

Scientist S Somnath is all set to take over as the new chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which K. Will replace Sivan.
Somnath, who is currently the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) in the state capital of Kerala, will be the fourth Keralite to hold the highest position in the Indian space sector.

The last Malayali who has held the top post is K. Kasturirangan, G. Madhavan Nair and K. Radhakrishnan.
Sivan was given an extension of one year and his term was about to end very soon and based on his seniority in the ISRO hierarchy, Somnath’s name was approved for the top office in 2019 itself.
Somnath completed his Pre degree from Maharaja College, Ernakulam and Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, and joined VSSC center here in 1985 and there was no reason to look back after that.
He later obtained a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with specialization in Dynamics and Control from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
At ISRO, he has been associated with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project during its initial phase.
Later he became Associate Director (Projects) of VSSC and also Project Director of GSLV Mk-III Launch Vehicle in 2010. He was also the Deputy Director of the Propulsion and Space Ordnance Entity till November 2014.
In June 2015, he took over as the Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC) at Valiyamala, Thiruvananthapuram and served there till January 2018.
Somnath then took over as VSSC director from Sivan who became the chairman of ISRO and is now set to replace him at the top post as well.

The Kerala CM said on Twitter that “he is proud that Kerala has contributed yet another leader to India’s space programme.”

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