The Centre on Wednesday appointed senior rocket scientist S Somnath as the next chief of the ISRO. He has been instrumental in the development of the GSLV Mk-III launcher & was a team leader for the Integration of the PSLV during the early phases of his career.

He has been heading the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) since January 22, 2018. He will succeed K Sivan as the next head of one of the world's leading space agencies.

     

S Somnath, who led Chandrayaan-2 rocket launcher project, appointed Isro chief

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The Centre on Wednesday appointed senior rocket scientist S Somnath as the next chief of the ISRO.

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A graduate in mechanical engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, he joined VSSC in 1985. He was the Project Director of GSLV Mk-III from June 2010 to 2014. He was the Deputy Director of the ‘Structures’ Entity in VSSC and also the Deputy Director of ‘Propulsion and Space Ordinance Entity’ in VSSC till November 2014.

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Somnath is an expert in the areas of launch vehicle structural systems, structural dynamics, mechanisms, pyro systems and launch vehicle integration. He has made significant contributions to the mechanical integration designs that made PSLV a highly sought-after launcher for microsatellites from across the world.