Chairman ISRO, Secretary DOS
Dr. K Sivan joined ISRO in 1982 and was inducted into PSLV Project. He is specialised in Aerospace engineering, Space Transportation Systems Engineering, Launch vehicle and mission design, control & guidance design and mission simulation software design, Mission synthesis, simulation, analysis and validation of flight systems.
He has significantly contributed towards end-to-end mission planning, design, integration and analysis. His innovative contributions, particularly the strategies adopted in mission design enabled the consistent performance of PSLV. This has also proved to be a good foundation for other launch vehicles of ISRO, like, GSLV MkII & MkIII including RLV-TD. He is the chief architect of 6D trajectory simulation software, SITARA, which is the backbone of the real-time and non-real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles. He was responsible for commissioning world-class simulation facility in ISRO for mission synthesis and analysis, which is used for mission design, sub-system level validation and integrated validation of avionics systems in all ISRO launch vehicles. He developed and implemented an innovative 'day-of launch wind biasing strategy' that enables rocket launch on any day, under varied weather and wind conditions. He was the chief mission architect for successful launch of 104 satellites in a single mission of PSLV.
He has received many awards including Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from selected universities.
He has numerous publications in various reputed Journals including a book in Nov 2015 “Integrated Design for Space Transportation System” published by Springer.
BSc, Mathematics, Madurai University, 1977
B.Tech, Aeronautics, Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai, 1980
M.E., Aerospace, IISc, Bangalore,1982
PhD, Aerospace, IIT, Bombay, 2007
Date of Birth
April 14, 1957
- Director, VSSC (2015-2017)
- Director, LPSC (2014-2015)
- Project Director, GSLV (2011-2013)
- Member, Space Commission (2016-2017)
- Vice-Chairman, ISRO Council (2016-2017)
Awards & Honours
- “Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research Award”, 1999
- ISRO Merit Award, 2007
- “Dr Biren Roy Space Science and/or Design Award”, 2011
- Distinguished Alumnus Award from MIT Alumni Association, 2013
- ISRO award for outstanding achievement in 2016
- Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT-Bombay, 2017
- Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), Sathyabama University & Dr MGR University, Chennai
Contributions to Indian Space Programme
Project Director, GSLV, Leader of team for end to end design revisit in the post-failure scenario. Resolution of design issues and making GSLV operational, including the flight testing of indigenous cryogenic engine and stage. 4 successful GSLV Mk II launches were done including the launch of South Asia Satellite recently.
Instrumental in successful accomplishment of the first development flight of GSLV Mk-III that launched India’s heaviest satellite from our own soil. He is the Chief architect of ISRO’s Space Transportation and also for drawing technology roadmap for meeting the future requirements as well as augmenting the existing capabilities.
He led the Flight testing of SCRAMJET engine, as well as technology demonstration of the re-usable launch vehicle (RLV-TD). As Project Director of RLV-TD, he has significant contribution in vehicle design, control & guidance, mission management strategies and flight demonstration.
He evolved a cost effective strategy for Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) launch using PSLV. In addition, he was primarily responsible for design and planning of ISRO launch vehicle missions. He is also the primary developer of Day of launch – wind biasing strategy for launch vehicles which has enabled all weather launch. He has implemented the strategy for upper stage (PS4) restart capability for PSLV which improves mission versatility by injecting multiple payloads in different orbits in a single launch mission. He has significantly contributed in performance and reliability enhancement of all ISRO launch vehicles. He was the chief mission architect for 104 satellites launched in a single mission of PSLV.
He has established Mission Synthesis and Simulation Facility, Parallel Computing Facility and Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Facility for ISRO’s launch vehicle program. In addition, he has provided thrust to many technology development initiatives for both launch vehicle as well as societal applications.
He initiated technology development programs for Li-Ion cells, electric propulsion as well as advanced avionics for ISRO’s launch vehicle program. Li-Ion cell and electric propulsion is inducted into Launch Vehicles as well as Satellites.
He has initiated development of medical devices in key areas with medical fraternity, such as, development of advanced microprocessor controlled artificial limb and artificial heart pump called Left Ventricle Assist Device.
Fellow of :
- Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)
- Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
- Systems Society of India (SSI)
- Indian Systems Society for Science and Engineering (ISSE)