S. Ramakrishnan, Director (Projects), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, has been appointed Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He took charge as Director on 31.05.2010.
The LPSC has the responsibility of developing rocket stages powered by liquid propellants and cryogenic propellants for ISRO missions. While the LPSC centre at Valiamala, near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, develops the liquid stages, its centre at Mahendragiri, near Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, has massive facilities for testing rocket stages fuelled by liquid propellants and cryogenic propellants. The cryogenic stage is also developed at Mahendragiri. The LPSC centre at Bangalore develops satellite propulsion systems.
An expert in rocket technology, Mr. Ramakrishan had earlier been the Project Director of the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle — MARK III, which is under development. Before that, he was the Mission Director of several successful Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle launches from Sriharikota.
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