Born in 1957 to a farmer's family, Kailasavadivoo Sivan hails from Mela Sarakkalvilai village which is near Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. (With inputs from agencies)
Born in 1957 at farmer's house, Kailasavadivoo Sivan hails from Mela Sarakkalvilai village which is near Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.
Graduating from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering in 1980, Sivan received his Masters' degree in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institue of Science, Bangalore in 1982.
Subsequently, he completed his PhD in Aerospace engineering from IIT-Bombay in 2006.
Sivan is the first person to graduate in his family.
Sivan joined ISRO in 1982. He is well known for his contribution to the development of cryogenic engines for India's space programme.
He was appointed as ISRO chief in January last year. Before this, he was working as the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thiruvananthapuram.
Sivan has been credited for the development of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that launched 104 satellites in a single mission, setting a world record in February last year.
The vehicle also successfully launched two spacecraft – Chandrayaan-1 in 2008 and Mars Orbiter Spacecraft in 2013 – that later travelled to Moon and Mars respectively.
He also contributed significantly in Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and GSLV Mk-Ill vehicle design.
He also developed a 6D trajectory simulation software call SITARA, which is the back-bone of the real-time and non-real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles.
In June this year, Sivan said, India will look to create its own space station following the completion of the country’s first manned mission into space in 2022.
The ISRO would take about five to seven years to launch the proposed space station after its first manned mission is completed in 2022, Sivan said.