Shri. Rakesh Sasibhushan, is a Distinguished space scientist and currently the Chairman & Managing Director of ANTRIX Corporation, which is the commercial arm of ISRO. Prior to this assignment, from 2015 to 2016 he was the Director of ISRO’s Propulsion Complex, at Mahendragiri, Tamilnadu, and from 2011 to 2015 he was the Dy. Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre heading the Composites Entity at the Vattiyoorkavu Campus of VSSC. ISRO’s CE20 cryogenic engine testing activities were completed at Mahendragiri under his leadership. He was also instrumental in setting up critical facilities for Semi-cryo engine assembly & testing as well as optimizing the productivity of PSLV & GSLV Engine & Stage assembly activities at Mahendragiri.
He joined ISRO during 1984 in the area of Launch Vehicle manufacturing. He has set-up a Centre of Excellence in manufacturing and is credited with the creation of an Advanced Manufacturing Lab. He completed his MTech in Manufacturing Management while in service. He has three joint patents in the area of Advanced Manufacturing - in Laser welding, Metallic Thermal Protection systems and Silica Tile processing.
He is a recipient of ISRO Team award 2011 and Merit award 2012.
He’s an avid naturalist and a life member of BNHS.