Chairman, DRDO

Dr G. Satheesh Reddy is an Indian aerospace scientist and the current Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Government of India and Director General, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). In June 2015 he was also appointed as a scientific adviser to the defence minister of India. Satheesh presently heads Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex. Satheesh is the Chief Architect of India's Mission Shakti Anti Satellite Missile Test (ASAT) and led the entire launch operations. An acclaimed navigation specialist, Reddy personally led the development of systems that guide a missile, itself travelling at hypersonic velocity, to a satellite 300 km away that is travelling through space at almost 30,000 km per hour and achieved a direct hit with centimeters of accuracy.

Background: Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Anantapuram.