Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, Chairman - Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) and Chairman Space Commission is an outstanding leader in
directing the space programme of India.
Born on October 24, 1940 at Ernakulam, Kerala, he took his Bachelor of Science
with Honours and Master of Science Degree in Physics and a Doctorate in High
Energy Astronomy. In his long research career, he made fundamental
contributions in X-ray and Gama Ray Astronomy, effect of Cosmic X-rays in lower
Ionosphere, in satellite instrumentation as well as optical astronomy. After
joining Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in 1971, he played key roles
in programmes such as Bhaskara and Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS), as
well as in the building of satellite capabilities.
Presently, under his leadership as Chairman, ISRO, the space programme has
witnessed major milestones including the successful launching and
operationalisation of India's prestigious Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
(PSLV), which orbited IRS-P2, IRS-P3, IRS-1D, the world's best civilian remote.
sensing satellite, and india's first Oceanographic satellite, IRS-P4, which was
launched along with 2 foreign satellites, as a triple launch. Other missions
include orbiting of SROSS-C2, IRS-1C and launch of multi-purpose, INSAT-2C, 2D
and 2E satellites.
As Chairman of ANTRIX, Dr. Kasturirangan has. given impetus to the
commercialisation of India's space capabilities through international marketing
of IRS data and a major multimillion dollar contract with INTELSAT for leasing
INSAT transponders. He is a member of important scientific academies in India
and abroad and has chaired some of the prestigious international committees. He
also chairs the Governing Board of the UN Centre for Space Science &
Technology Education. He has published more than 180 papers in reputed
international and national journals and edited 6 books.
Dr. Kasturirangan has won several awards , including Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan
and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Engineering.