K Sivan born in a poor farmer’s family and known as ‘Rocket Man’. A humble son of farmer completed his school in Tamil medium at Kanyakumari district.
Sivan is from very ordinary family and a self-made man. He was the first graduate in his family and never went to any tuition or private coaching classes.
He did his graduation in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology in 1980. And in 1982, K Sivan completed his masters in Engineering in Aerospace Engineering from IISc Bangalore. Later, in 2006 he completed PhD from IIT, Bombay in Aerospace Engineering.
Let’s check out some unknown facts about the man behind Chandrayaan-2 mission K Sivan:
1. K Sivan contribution to space research was huge and for this he has received many awards like, Dr. Biren Roy Space Science award in 2011, ISRO Merit Award in 2007 and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 1999.
2. Before joining ISRO, he headed Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and immense contribution in the development of Cryogenic Engines.
3. After joining ISRO, Sivan had huge contribution in development of PSLV.
4. During his long three decades career, he has been part of many crucial and prestigious mission like GSLV, GSLV MK3, PSLV.
5. K Sivan has closely worked with Padma Shri winner A.S Kiran Kumar and has contributions to design and development of Electro optical imaging sensor.
6. Along with ISRO Chairman, K.Sivan was also appointed as the Chair of the Space Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Space.
7. In his tenure as Chairman of ISRO, he played a vital role in two major missions- the developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV MK3) and now Chandrayaan-2.
K Sivan seemed very upset after ISRO lost communication with Chandrayaan-2 Lander Vikram. But PM Modi consoled and assured him that the nation with stand with team. The mission has been successfully carried out and will help India to collect data on the moon.
However, the Chandrayaan-2 mission is considered as successful as it has carried out perfectly apart from the landing glitches. Around 98% of objective has been achieved in Chandrayaan-2 mission, recently said by Chairman of ISRO K Sivan.