S. K. Shivkumar

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S. K. Shivakumar
Born Mysore, Karnataka, India
Residence Flag of India.svg India
Nationality Flag of India.svg Indian
Fields Space Communications
Institutions Director, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Indian Space Research Organisation
Alma mater B.Tech., M. Tech. (Indian Institute of Science), Bangalore
Known for Telemetry
Notable awards Doctorate Honor by the Mysore University, Recipient of the Karnataka Rajyotsava award

Dr. S. K. Shivkumar (also spelt Shivakumar; Kannada:ಎಸ್. ಕೆ. ಶಿವಕುಮಾರ್) is an Indian scientist who was instrumental in the development of the telemetry system for Chandrayaan-I, India's unmanned lunar exploration mission. A native of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, he was responsible for designing the deep space communications in his capacity as mission director. He is considered the "father" of India's deep space network.[1][2] A thirty two year veteran of ISRO, Shivkumar was involved in the development of the 32-meter dish antenna, an "engineering marvel" that can communicate with satellites millions of miles away.[3] Currently, he the director of ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, India.


  • Karnataka Rajyotsava award (2008)[4]
  • Nadoja Award (D. Litt from Hampi Kannada University)[5]


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  2. ^ "The Chandrayaan Team". Zee News. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Indian moon launch boosts Asian space race". UPI Asia.com. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Rajyotsava awards for space scientists". Deccan Herald. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-10-31. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Three Chosen for Nadoja Award". The Hindu. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-17. [dead link]