Published on: January 13, 2022




S Somanath appointed tenth chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation


  • He succeeds K Sivan
  • Currently Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)
  • He will hold post for 3 years
  • Completed Pre Degree from the Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam and did mechanical engineering from the TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, , and in 1985 joined the VSSC centre
  • Did Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with specialisation in Dynamics and Control.
  • Associated with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Project during its initial phase.
  • Became the Associate Director (Projects) of the VSSC and also the Project Director of the GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle in 2010.
  • Deputy Director of Propulsion and Space Ordinance Entity till November 2014.
  • Took over as Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) at Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram, and served there until January 2018.