Shri. S Somanath assumes charge as Secretary, Department of Space
/Shri. S Somanath assumes charge
Today, January 14, 2022, Shri. S. Somanath assumed charge as Secretary,
Department of Space and Chairman, Space Commission.
Shri. Somanath assumed charge after a stint of four years as the Director,
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananathapuram.
He also served as the Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC),
Valiamala, for two and half years.
Shri. Somanath obtained B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of
Engineering, Kollam, and Masters in Aerospace Engineering
from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, specializing in Structures,
Dynamics, and Control with a Gold Medal. He joined VSSC in 1985
and was a team leader for the Integration of PSLV during the early phases.
Shri. Somanath is an expert in the area of system engineering of Launch
vehicles. His contributions in PSLV and GSLV MkIII were in their overall
architecture, propulsion stages design, structural and structural dynamics
designs, separation systems, vehicle integration, and integration procedures
He is the recipient of the ‘Space Gold Medal’ from the Astronautical Society of
India. He received the ‘Merit Award” and ‘Performance Excellence award’
from ISRO and a ‘Team excellence award’ for GSLV Mk-III development. He is a
Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), a Fellow of
the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), Astronautical Society of India (ASI),
and a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).
He is in the bureau of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and a
recipient of the National Aeronautics Prize from the Aeronautical Society of
He has published papers in journals & seminars in structural dynamics and
control, dynamic analysis of separation mechanisms, vibration & acoustic
testing, launch vehicle
design, and launch services management.