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S Somanath Profile, Early life, Education, Career, Achievements, Awards



Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, S Somanath Profile, Education, Career, Achievements, Awards

S Somanath is a well known Indian Space Scientist, who has been serving as a Director in ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), situated at Valiamala in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

S Somanath, on 22nd January 2018 took charge as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO’s major space research centre for launch vehicles in Thiruvananthapuram, succeeding K. Sivan who became Chairman of ISRO.

S Somanath graduated in Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kerala University. Later, he received a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with specialization in Dynamics and Control.

S Somanath joined ISRO in 1985 as a team leader for Integration of PSLV during its early development phase and during the first flight of PSLV and successful second flight PSLV-D2. He has been Associate Director (Projects) of VSSC and also Project Director of GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle in 2010.

S Somanath was also the Deputy Director of Propulsion and Space Ordinance Entity till November 2014.In June 2015, he became Director in LPSC, succeeding K Sivan.

S Somanath received ‘Merit Award” and ‘Performance Excellence Award’ from ISRO and ‘Team Excellence Award’ for GSLV Mk-III Development.


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