Rocket scientist S Somanath is new chief of ISRO

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New Delhi: Rocket scientist S Somnath has been named the next head of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and secretary of the Department of Space. He will succeed Somnath K Sivan, whose term ends on January 14. He is heading the directorship of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) since January 22, 2018.

A Personnel Ministry order said that his new appointment is for a combined tenure of three years from the date of joining the post, including extension of tenure beyond the age of retirement in public interest.

Hailing from Aroor in Alappuzha district, Somnath did his graduation in mechanical engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam. He joined VSSC in 1985.

First Published:January 12, 2022, 8:39 pm

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