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P Kunhikrishnan appointed as Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR

Jun 2, 2015 11:00 IST

P Kunhikrishnan was on 1 June 2015 appointed as the Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR with immediate effect. He succeeded MYS Prasad, who superannuated in May 2015.

Before the present appointment, he was the Deputy Director at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). He has made significant contributions in the area of System level Quality Assurance of Avionics, Electrical Integration and Checkout Systems for various Launch Vehicles of ISRO in the career spanning over three decades.

He was also the Project Director of PSLV Project in June 2010 and has successfully accomplished 13 PSLV Missions as Mission Director.  These PSLV Missions include PSLV-C19 that carried RISAT-1, the heaviest Indian remote sensing satellite launched by PSLV to Sun Synchronous Orbit so far; PSLV-C25 that launched India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft and the four PSLV missions that launched first four satellites of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

He is the recipient of Astronautical society of India (ASI) award for the year 2011 and ISRO Individual Merit Award for the year 2010.

SDSC SHAR works under the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and is located on an island off Sullurupeta, a small town in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh.

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