Dr. K Sivan

Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram


Areas of Interest:

Launch Vehicle Engineering, System Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

Specialization:

Aerospace engineering, Launch vehicle systems engineering, Launch vehicle and mission design, Launch vehicle control and guidance design, Launch vehicle mission simulation software design, Mission synthesis, simulation and validation of vehicle flight systems, Project management

Consultancy Areas:

 

Sector Associated With:

R&D

Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs) R&D Organizations Government (including funding agencies) Entrepreneurs

Major Professional Contributions:

He is the chief mission architect for 104 satellites launched in a single mission of PSLV (PSLV C37). Successful accomplishment of first development flight of GSLV Mk-III which launched heaviest satellite from Indian soil was under his leadership. He is the Chief architect of ISRO's Space Transportation and technology roadmap for meeting the future requirements as well as augmenting the existing capabilities in a phased manner. He led the Flight testing of indigenous cryogenic stage, SCRAMJET engine flight test as well as technology demonstration flight of re-usable launch vehicle (RLV-TD). As Project Director of RLV-TD, he has significant contribution in RLV-TD vehicle design including control & guidance and mission management strategies and flight demonstration. He evolved a cost effective strategy for Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) launch using PSLV. In addition to this, he is the primary developer of 6D trajectory simulation software SITARA which is used for mission planning of ISRO launch vehicles. He also is 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 different payloads in different orbits in a single mission. He has significantly contributed in performance and reliability enhancement of all ISRO launch vehicles. He has established Mission Synthesis and Simulation Facility, Parallel computing facility and Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Facility for ISRO's launch vehicle program. In addition to this he has provided thrust to many technology development initiatives for both launch vehicle as well as societal applications. He has also authored a book "Integrated Design for Space Transportation System" published by Springer and is very well received by the Aerospace Community.

Professional Experience:

  • Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre
  • Project Director, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Project (GSLV)
  • Project Director, Re-usable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD)
  • Chief Controller, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

Keywords:

Aerospace engineering, Launch vehicle systems engineering, Launch vehicle and mission design, Launch vehicle control and guidance design, Launch vehicle mission simulation software design, Mission synthesis, simulation and validation of vehicle flight systems, Project management, Integrated Design for Space Transportation System.

Contact Information

Office

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre,
ISRO Post
Thiruvananthapuram-695022
Phone: 0471-2565567
Mobile: 9447776671
Fax: 0471-2704105

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Education

  • Ph.D., Aerospace,2006, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • M.E., Aerospace, 1982, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • B.Tech, Aeronautics,1980, Madras Institute of Technology, Madras
  • BSc, Mathematics,1977, Madurai University

Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • ISRO Team Excellence Award: "SRE Mission", 2007
  • ISRO Team Leader Excellence Award: "GPS Aided INS for Launch Vehicle", 2009
  • ISRO Individual Merit Award: for Overall contributions to ISRO, 2009
  • ISRO Team Leader Excellence Award:"mini RESINS development for Launch Vehicle Navigation" 2010.
  • ASI Award for "Rocket and Related Technologies", 2012
  • ISRO "Performance Excellence Award", 2014.

Link to Website

  • Homepage


INAE Section Affiliated VII: Aerospace Engineering


Year of Election to Fellowship: 2012


Year of Birth: 1957