ISRO Chairman addressed and interacted with over 100 media people from Bangalore and other parts of India at a Press Meeting held today, 11 January 2019 at ISRO Headquarters in Bangalore.
After wishing media people a very happy new year, ISRO Chairman highlighted the achievements of ISRO in 2018 related to the launch of vehicles, satellites and nation-building applications.
During a briefing on India’s first manned mission flight, Dr. K Sivan, Gaganyaan said, “The mission will be able to carry three Indian astronauts and orbit the Earth for 7 days. It is a significant expansion in the program of ISRO. A new centre-Human Space Flight Centre is being established and will be the leading center for Gaganyaan‘s overall management and realization.
Sivan finally completed his Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Madras Institute of Technology in the 1980s and later completed his Masters of Aerospace Engineering degree from IISC, Bengaluru. He later graduated from IIT Bombay in 2006 and also holds an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Sathyabama.
In 1982, Sivan joined Isro. Sivan was part of many programs, including the project Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). His contributions to the project are notable because he contributed to the mission’s scheduling, development, implementation, and evaluation.
Sivan has been part of many prestigious missions throughout his 3-decade long career, including GSLV, PSLV, GSLV MkIII, apart from being a GSLV rocket project manager.
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Sivan has received numerous awards for his contributions to space research, including the 1999 Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Science Award, the 2007 ISRO Merit Award, and the 2011 Dr. Biren Roy Space Science Award.
Sivan is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Systems Society for Science and Engineering, India’s Aeronautical Society, and India’s Systems Society. In 2015, Sivan also published a book called Integrated Space Transportation System Design.
Besides being the Chairman of Isro, Sivan has also been appointed Secretary of the Space Department and Chair of the Space Commission.
He supervised two main missions-Chandrayaan-2 and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MK3) development flight during his tenure as Chairman of Isro.
ISRO Chairman also briefed on various initiatives to improve the outreach activities of ISRO.