Bangalore, India: A.S. Kiran Kumar, Associate Director, Space Applications Centre (SAC), India, took over as its Director. He succeeded R.R. Navalgund. The SAC is an important facility under the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It specialises in designing and developing payloads for various Indian satellites, including the Chandrayaan missions.
Kumar joined SAC/ISRO in 1975 and contributed to the design and development of electro-optical imaging sensors for satellites in low-earth and geo-stationary orbits, starting from the television payload on the Bhaskara satellites to the latest terrain mapping camera and hyper-spectral imager payloads for the Chandrayaan-1 mission. He played an important role in the development of sensors and the technology needed in satellites for land, ocean, atmospheric and planetary studies.
Kumar has steered the design and realisation of communication, navigation, microwave and remote-sensing payloads for many satellites, an ISRO press release said. He obtained his B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics and M.Sc. in Electronics from Bangalore University and an M.Tech. in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Source: The Hindu