Date : 13 Jan 2022
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Why in News?
- Eminent rocket scientist S Somanath has been appointed the new chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as well as the Space Secretary.
- Presently he has been serving as Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC).
- He will succeed K Sivan who completes his extended tenure as ISRO chief.
- His appointment as the Space Secretary and the Space Commission Chairman is for a combined tenure of three years from the date of joining of the post. The post of the ISRO chairman, the Space Secretary and the Space Commission chief is usually held by one person only.
- Mr Somanath will be the 10th chairman of ISRO.
- Mr Somanath took charge as the VSSC's head on January 22, 2018, after a two and a half years stint as the Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Valiamala, Thiruvananathapuram.
- Previously, he served as the Associate Director (Projects) of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and also as the Project Director of GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle.
- Mr Somanath is an expert in the area of system engineering of launch vehicles.
- Dr. Somanath is taking over the reins of ISRO at a critical juncture when sweeping reforms and critical missions are set to define the forward journey of the storied space agency.
- At present, ISRO has numerous missions and projects — the Gaganyaan human spaceflight mission included - waiting in the wings.
- His contributions in PSLV and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III) were in their overall architecture, propulsion stages design, structural and structural dynamics designs, separation systems, vehicle integration and integration procedures development.
Source: The Hindu & NewsOnAir