Scientist Veera Muthuvel from Tamil Nadu: Son of railway technician from Villupuram, brains behind Chandrayaan-3

'Chandrayaan-3' A mission to the moon will be launched on July 14, (today) by GSLV MK3 rocket at 2.35 PM. Payload has Vikram moon lander with Pragyan Rover inside. You may see the rocket in Chennai(if your place has clear weather). GSLV is the heaviest launch vehicle of ISRO.

Scientist Veera Muthuvel from Tamil Nadu: Son of railway technician from Villupuram, brains behind Chandrayaan-3
Dr. Veera Muthuvel, the Project Director of Chandrayaan-3.

Chennai: Dr P Veera Muthuvel, a scientist from Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu, has played a key role in the development of Chandrayaan-3 which will be launched on July 14, 2023, at 2:35 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

He has served as the project director of the Chandrayaan 3 spacecraft.

Here are some interesting facts about the Tamil ‘Mastermind’ behind Chandrayaan- 3.

Early life

He was born in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu and is the son of Palanivel who worked as a technician in Southern railway. He studied at the Railway School in Villupuram. He then pursued a diploma in mechanical engineering from a private polytechnic college. But his interest in space and the desire to achieve something in that field pushed him away from that job. He joined a private college in Tambaram to complete his engineering studies and then joined IIT Chennai for higher studies and did important research in the aerospace field.

Journey in ISRO

Veera Muthuvel, who has a keen interest in intricate hardware work, got an opportunity to become a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1989. Muthuvel joined ISRO without letting the opportunity slip away, never looked back at the opportunities that came from many organizations in the country and abroad, and made it his goal to work in ISRO.

Acclaimed Research

In 2016, a research paper was submitted on a vibration control system in the spacecraft’s electronic package and related experiments were conducted at the U R Rao Satellite Center in Bengaluru. His probe could help land the spacecraft’s lander on the moon and power the rover portion of the spacecraft. ISRO was surprised to see this research paper and showered him with praise.

As Chandrayaan 3 Project Director

After 30 years of experience working on multiple projects and various responsibilities at ISRO, Scientist Veera Muthuvel was appointed as the Director of the Chandrayaan 3 in 2019 replacing scientist Kavitha.