Dr. S Somanath

Somanath Sreedhara Panicker is the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which is the lead centre responsible for Launch Vehicle development. In the 35 years of service in ISRO, he handled various responsibilities including Director of Liquid Propulsion Centre of ISRO, Associate Director of VSSC, Project Director of GSLV Mk-III Rocket and chief of different technology domains. With a strong background in design, development and management of Launch Vehicle Systems, he is presently serving as Chairman of the Management councils of Launch Vehicle Programs and ‘Gaganyaan’, the human spaceflight program of ISRO, steering the technology development and management across ISRO.