S. Ramakrishnan, ‘distinguished scientist’ at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has taken over as Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr. Ramakrishnan, with over four decades of experience in rocketry, took over from P.S. Veeraraghavan after heading the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) for two years.

Mr. Ramakrishnan is an expert in aerospace propulsion, launch vehicle systems, and project management. Before taking leadership of LPSC, he was Director (projects) at VSSC and chairman, flight readiness review panel. He had played a key role in accomplishing the PSLV C-11/Chandrayaan Missions.

Following in the footsteps of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Mr. Ramakrishnan played a key role in realising India’s first satellite launch vehicle SLV-3. . The country had honoured him with a Padma Shri in 2003.