Senior scientist S Ramakrishnan has assumed charge as Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. Ramakrishnan, who was director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) here, succeeds PS Veeraraghavan.
A Padma Shri award recipient, Ramakrishnan is an expert in aerospace propulsion, launch vehicle systems and project management. He had also served as Director (projects) at VSSC and Chairman, Flight Readiness Review and played a key role in accomplishing the PSLV-C11-Chandrayan Mission.
Ramakrishnan was one of the scientists who took part in the mission to realise India's first satellite launch vehicle SLV-3. He was the mission director for PSLV C1, C2, C3 and C4 flights.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) is a major space research centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), focusing on rocket and space vehicles for India's satellite programme. It is located in Thiruvananthapuram, in the Indian state of Kerala.
The centre had its beginnings as the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in 1962. It was renamed in honor of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space program.