Kailasavadivoo Sivan

Kailasavadivoo Sivan Biography For Students

Born: 14 April 1957 Nagercoil in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India
Family: Malathi Sivan (Spouse); Siddharth & Sushanth (Children)
  • Madras Institute of Technology (BE Degree 1980)
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (ME in Aerospace Engineering 1982)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering 2006)
Books: Integrated Design for Space Transportation System
Born in 1957 at farmer’s house, Kailasavadivoo Sivan hails from Mela Sarakkalvilai village which is near Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

Graduating from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering in 1980, Sivan received his Masters’ degree in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1982.

Subsequently, he completed his PhD in Aerospace engineering from IIT-Bombay in 2006.

Sivan is the first person to graduate in his family.

Kailasavadivoo Sivan: Career

Sivan joined ISRO in 1982. He is well known for his contribution to the development of cryogenic engines for India’s space programme.

He was appointed as ISRO chief  and joined office on 15 January 2018. Before this, he was working as the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thiruvananthapuram.

Contribution in PSLV project

Sivan has been credited for the development of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that launched 104 satellites in a single mission, setting a world record in February last year.

The vehicle also successfully launched two spacecraft – Chandrayaan-1 in 2008 and Mars Orbiter Spacecraft in 2013 – that later travelled to Moon and Mars respectively.


He also contributed significantly in Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and GSLV Mk-Ill vehicle design.

He also developed a 6D trajectory simulation software call SITARA, which is the back-bone of the real-time and non-real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles.

‘Launch wind biasing strategy’

Sivan also developed and implemented an innovative day-of ‘launch wind biasing strategy’ which has made possible rocket launch on any day of the year at any weather and wind conditions.

Next aim to create India’s own space station

In June this year, Sivan said, India will look to create its own space station following the completion of the country’s first manned mission into space in 2022.

The ISRO would take about five to seven years to launch the proposed space station after its first manned mission is completed in 2022, Sivan said.

Kailasavadivoo Sivan: Awards

  • Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (1999)
  • ISRO Merit Award (2007)
  • Dr Biren Roy Space Science Award (2011)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2013) from MIT Alumni Association, Chennai
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2018) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • He was conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai in April 2014
  • Tamil Nadu government’s Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award (2019)

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