S. Somanath. Image: YouTube screenshot
New Delhi: The Centre on January 12 appointed S. Somanath as the secretary of the Department of Space and the chairman of the space commission.
Somanath is currently the director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram.
His new appointment is for a combined tenure of three years from the date of joining, including an extension in tenure beyond the age of superannuation in public interest, according to an order from the Union personnel ministry.
Somanath will succeed K. Sivan, who will complete his extended tenure on Friday, January 14, at the helm of ISRO.