ISRO has a new chief. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of S Somnath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Space Commission.
He has been appointed as ISRO chief for a combined term of three years from the date of joining the post. Somnath K Sivan, who will complete his extended term as chief on 14 January 2022. Sivan was appointed as the chief of ISRO in January 2018. Despite his three-year term ending in 2021, he was given a one-year extension. ,
Who is Dr. S. Somnath?
Dr. Somnath was born in 1963 and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala. He secured second position in the university. He then completed his post graduation in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He was also awarded a Gold Medal for his performance.
In 1985, just after graduation, Somnath joined the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation. At ISRO, Somnath worked on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project in its initial phase.
In the year 2010, he also held the position of Associate Director (Projects) of VSSC and Project Director of GSLV Mk-III Launch Vehicle. He then moved to the position of Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC) in the year 2015. And in January 2018 he was appointed as the Director of VSSC. He had replaced K Sivan for this post as well.
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