A senior Scientist from ISRO, S. Ramakrishnan took over as the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram in the first week of January 2013. Ramakrishnan carries a four decades of experience in rocketry and headed the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) at ISRO. He replaced P S Veeraraghavan.
• He is an expert in aerospace propulsion, launch vehicle systems and project management
• Before Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre he served as director (project) at VSSC and Chairman of Flight readiness review panel
• He played a major role in accomplishing the PSLV C-11/Chandrayaan Mission
• He was hounoured with a Padma Shri in 2003
• He served as the Mission Director for PSLV C1, C2, C3 and C4 flights
• He played a major role in helping India accomplish its first satellite Launch Vehicle SLV-3