Scientist and launch vehicle expert, Dr. S. Unnikrishnan Nair has been appointed as the new director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC).
He will replace S Somnath, who has taken over as the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
VSSC is a premier research center of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and specializes in rockets and space vehicles for satellite programmes.
Nair, who started his career at VSSC Trivandrum in 1985, has made significant contributions in the areas of launch vehicle mechanisms, acoustic protection systems and payload fairing during his tenure.
Nair has done B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala, ME in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bangalore and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from IIT(M), Chennai.