P Kunhikrishnan, director of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC-SHAR), has been appointed as the director of the U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC). He will take over from M Annadurai, who retired on July 31, 2018. Kunhikrishnan will be reporting to Indian Space Research Organisation's (Isro's) chairman.
Located in Bengaluru, the URSC, which was formerly known as the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), is the lead centre for building satellites and developing associated satellite technologies. These spacecraft are used for providing applications to various users in the areas of communication, navigation, meteorology, remote sensing, space science and interplanetary explorations. The centre is also pursuing advanced technologies for future missions.
Located in Sriharikota, the SDSC SHAR, which is the 'Spaceport of