D. K. Das
Shri D.K. Das was born in 1961 at Sualkuchi, Assam. He is a graduate in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) formerly known as IT, BHU.
He joined Space Applications Centre, ISRO in 1983. He started his career in the area of Communication & Navigation Satellite technology and made an outstanding contribution towards Assembly, Integration and Checkout of over 30 payloads for INSAT/GSAT satellites built at SAC, beginning with INSAT-2A. As an Associate Programme Director (APrD) he has led many Communication Satellite Payload development Projects. Seven Navigation payloads of NavIC System (erstwhile IRNSS) were built under his leadership as Deputy Director, Satcom and Navigation Payload Area (SNPA).
He was instrumental in conceiving the development of high throughput satellites including GSAT-11 and GSAT-19. Many State-of-the-Art technologies for SATCOM & Navigation were developed under his leadership. He played key role for establishment of latest AIT facility for Communication and Navigation payloads at SAC Bopal Campus, Ahmedabad.
He is a recipient of ISRO-ASI award for the year 2010 for his contribution in the area of Spacecraft and related technologies. He is also a recipient of ISRO Merit Award for the year 2010 and ISRO Performance Excellence Award for the year 2015.
He is a member of Space Communications and Navigation Committee (SCAN) of International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
Since May 2016, he was the Associate Director of Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO.