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Business News/ Science / ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3: Who are the leaders behind ISRO's largest space mission?

ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3: Who are the leaders behind ISRO's largest space mission?

Chandrayaan-3: India's Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is preparing for a historic landing on the Moon's southern pole. Key individuals driving this mission include ISRO Chairman S Somanath, Project Director P Veeramuthuvel, VSSC Director S Unnikrishnan Nair, and URSC Director M Sankaran.

ISRO leaders driving India's largest space mission set for historic landing on Moon's south pole (PTI)Premium
ISRO leaders driving India's largest space mission set for historic landing on Moon's south pole (PTI)

Chandrayaan-3: India and the world are eagerly awaiting the historic landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the southern pole of the Moon that is set to take place tomorrow, August 23, evening. The spacecraft has successfully completed all orbit and deboosting manoeuvres. Its current goal is to identify the ideal location for a soft landing on the challenging lunar terrain.

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Key individuals behind India's largest space mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is at the helm of this ambitious endeavour. Here are the key individuals behind India's largest space mission, Chandrayaan-3:

S Somanath, ISRO Chairman

ISRO Chairman S Somanath assumed leadership of ISRO in January last year, becoming a pivotal figure in India's ambitious moon mission. Prior to this role, he served as the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, both of which are primary centres responsible for developing rocket technologies for ISRO. Under his guidance, Chandrayaan-3, Aditya-L1 (a mission to study the Sun), and Gaganyaan (India's first manned mission) are being overseeen by him.

Also read: Chandrayaan-3 set for historic lunar landing on August 23. Know when and where to watch live telecast

P Veeramuthuvel, Project Director of Chandrayaan-3

P Veeramuthuvel took charge as the Project Director of Chandrayaan-3 in 2019. Before this, he held the position of Deputy Director at the Space Infrastructure Programme Office at ISRO's main office. He played a crucial role in the Chandrayaan-2 mission, the second edition of India's ambitious moon exploration series. Hailing from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, he is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M).

Also Read: Chandrayaan 3: This ISRO scientist from Firozabad plays vital role in moon mission. Here's all you need to know

S Unnikrishnan Nair, Director Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), located in Thumba, Kerala, was responsible for developing the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III, now known as Launch Vehicle Mark-III. As the head of VSSC, S Unnikrishnan Nair and his team oversee various critical aspects of this vital mission.

M Sankaran, Director U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC)

M Sankaran assumed the role of Director at the U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) in June 2021. URSC is tasked with designing and constructing all of India's satellites for ISRO. Currently, Sankaran leads the team responsible for crafting satellites that meet India's diverse needs, including communication, navigation, remote sensing, weather forecasting, and planetary exploration.

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Published: 22 Aug 2023, 01:57 PM IST
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