Our Director




         Mr K Alaguvelu, Outstanding Scientist, has assumed charge as Director, ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri on 01.01.2020. IPRC is primarily responsible for Assembly & Integration, testing and delivery of Earth Storable and Cryogenic propulsion systems for Launch Vehicles as well as Satellites of Indian Space Research Organisation.

Mr K Alaguvelu has worked in various capacities at ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri since September 1984. Primarily, he is instrumental in design and establishment of Test Facilities and Propellant production & storage systems for testing Liquid Propulsion Systems.

He has acquired his Degree in Engineering, B.E. (Mech.), from Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT), Coimbatore, Madras University in 1984. He has also completed his M.E. from Anna University in 2013.

During 1984 to 1990, he has contributed significantly for establishing Gas Generator Test Facility and Principal Test Stand for testing and qualifying the Gas Generator, Turbo Pump, VIKAS Engine and PS-2 Stage for PSLV. He was instrumental in successfully conducting the first hot firing test in the history of Mahendragiri, which happened to be the Gas Generator test conducted on 28th December 1985. Later, he has led the test facility team successfully for augmentation of the Principal Test Stand to test and qualify the L-110 Stage for GSLV MK-III.

During 1990 to 2010, he has played a pivotal role in design and realization of various Cryogenic Test Facilities and contributed significantly for the development, qualification and flight acceptance testing of the Indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stages for GSLV and GSLV Mk-III. His contribution as team leader in augmenting CE-20 Engine High Altitude Test Facility for conducting the CUS engine vacuum ignition test in very short span of time is noteworthy. He has acquired special expertise in the field of devising test methodology, formulating test procedure, framing test sequence, conducting the Cryogenic Engine and Stage hot tests and evaluating the test data.

From 2010 onwards, he has successfully led the test facility team for realization of the test facilities and propellant storage facilities required for developing the Semi-cryogenic Stage SC-120 with 2000 kN class Engine. Semi-cryogenic Cold Flow Test Facility and ISROSENE Bulk Storage Facility are already commissioned and Semi-cryogenic Integrated Engine & Stage Test Facility is in the advanced stage of realization under his guidance and leadership.

His contribution in the area of Mars Orbiter Module ground simulation tests is appreciable. He is instrumental for establishing the unique Tower Crane facility and conducting simulated testing of the terminal descent phase of Chandrayaan-2 Lander Actuator System in closed loop.

Presently, for Gaganyaan programme, he is providing guidance and leadership for design and establishment of test facilities to test “System Demonstration Modules” of Crew Module and Service Module. Also he has reviewed meticulously the certification requirements of Launch Servicing Facilities for Human Space Flight application.

He is the recipient of the prestigious “Dr. Biren Roy Space Science Design Award” in 2016, ISRO’s Performance Excellence Award in 2017 and ISRO’s Merit Award in 2011.

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