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S Somnath became the new chief of ISRO, said – there is a need for change in the Indian space program

The central government on Wednesday Somnath was appointed Secretary of the Department of Space and Chairman of the Space Commission, with which he has now become the Chief of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Somnath is currently the director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC). In the order of the Ministry of Personnel, it has been said that he has been appointed for three years. Somnath K. Sivan, whose term ends on Friday, January 14.

Newly-appointed Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman S Somnath on Wednesday said the Indian space sector needs to be developed to provide business opportunities for private companies and the Indian space program keeping in mind the needs of future generations. Change is also needed.

He said that at present the Indian space program is limited to ISRO, but the government now wants new people to come in this field.

Somnath expressed the need to increase the space budget from the current Rs 15,000-16,000 crore to more than Rs 20,000-50,000 crore, saying, “But the increase in space budget cannot be done only with government funds or support. Like telecommunications and air travel. Changes that took place in such areas should also happen here. This can create more employment opportunities and increase research and development.

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He clarified that, however, this does not mean that ISRO is being privatized.

S Somanatha was born in Thurvoor, a village in the Alappuzha district of Kerala. His father Vedampamparambil Sridhar Panikkar was a renowned Hindi teacher of his time. His school days were spent at his mother’s house in Palliarkkavu, Aroor. He attended St. Augustine’s School in Aroor. After that, he did his pre-degree at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam.

He has built a house on his ancestral property in Valamangalam and frequently visits the place. Whenever he comes, he prefers to wear mundu and shirt.

His wife Valsala, who hails from Poochakkal in Alappuzha, is the office superintendent at Thiruvananthapuram Central Excise and Customs. Children Malika and Madhav are engineers.

a wonderful career

  • 1985: Joined VSSC and was associated with Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project.
  • 2010: He became Associate Director (Projects) of VSSC and also became Project Director of GSLV MK-III Launch Vehicle.
  • 2014: Deputy Director of the Propulsion and Space Ordnance Unit.
  • 2015: Became Director of the Liquid Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC) at Waliamala.
  • 2018: Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center.
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