Press Esc to close
Saturday 29 August 2015
News updated at 11:56 PM IST
Weather
Max: 30.1°C
Min : 19.6°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

ISRO gets a new chairman

Last updated: 25 October, 2009
Thiruvananthapuram, dhns & agencies:

Avionic expert Dr K Radhakrishnan, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) here, has been appointed chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

K Radhakrishnan

K Radhakrishnan A senior scientist who played a key role in several Indian space missions, Radhakrishnan succeeds Dr G Madhavan Nair who is retiring this month-end.

Reacting to his appointment as ISRO chairman, Radhakrishnan told newspersons at the Guruvayoor Sreekrishna temple that it was a big recognition for him. “I am very happy, as it is a big recognition for me and I should say that even bigger is the responsibility entrusted with me,” he said after offering prayers at the temple.

One of the key architects of the Chandrayaan mission, Radhakrishnan said ISRO would soon begin work on sending two humans into the orbit where they would stay for seven days. This would be one of the new projects he would be initiating, he said.

“However, the immediate priority before us is the launch of GSLV-D3, using an indigenously developed cryogenic engine. It would put a communication satellite called GSAT-4 in orbit,” he said.

Radhakrishnan said capacity enhancement of communication satellites — which involves increasing the number of transponders to 500 —  would be also taken up. He said the discovery of water on the moon by Chandrayaan was a stepping stone to future projects, including the proposed Mars mission.

A native of Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur district and an avid fan of Kathakali, Radhakrishnan, who is an MBA from  IIM Bangalore, joined the space organisation in 1971 as an avionic engineer at VSSC.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Ex-servicemen celebrate Raksha Bandhan even as they continue their...

Ex-servicemen celebrate Raksha Bandhan even as they continue their...

Priest of Kumkum Swaminarayan temple gives final touch to a...

Priest of Kumkum Swaminarayan temple gives final touch to a...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine, in Srinagar...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi paying obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine, in Srinagar...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo makes a sand art on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with a message...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo makes a sand art on the eve of Raksha Bandhan with a message...

A woman tying Rakhi to army soldiers on eve of Raksha Bandhan festival in Surat on Friday.

A woman tying Rakhi to army soldiers on eve of Raksha Bandhan festival in Surat on Friday.

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor with fashion designer Manish Malhotra at his show...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Students celebrate Onam festival by making floral rangoli ‘pookalam’ at a public school...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Devotees watch a procession during Kumbh Mela or the Pitcher Festival in Trimbakeshwar...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Activists of Left Front affiliated peasants organisation break police barricades...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Boys stand near the charred vehicles after the incidents of violence following the Patel...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523