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Mylswamy Annadurai

Born 2 July 1958(1958-07-02)
Kodhawady, Tamilnadu, India
Residence Flag of India.svg India
Nationality Flag of India.svg Indian
Fields Aerospace
Institutions Indian Space Research Organisation
Alma mater B.E(Engineering), (1980) Govt. College Of Technology, Coimbatore, M.E (Electronics),1982, PSG Tech Coimbatore.
Known for Chandrayaan I,Chandrayaan-2,Indian space program
Project Director, Chandrayaan I and Chandrayaan-2

Mylswamy Annadurai (Tamil: மயில்சாமி அண்ணாதுரை) (born 2 July, 1958, in Kodhawady near Pollachi in Coimbatore district, Tamilnadu, India)[1][2] is a scientist with the Indian Space Research Organization and currently serves as the Project Director of Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan-2. Through his inspiring speeches he has become a motivating force among the Indian students.


Early Life and Education

Mylswamy Annadurai has his schooling in his native village Kodhawady. He has obtained a Bachelors in Engineering degree from Government College Of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India and Masters Degree in Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu in India. He joined ISRO in 1982. Annadurai is a leading technologist in the field of satellite systems and has made significant contributions to the cost effective design of Chandrayaan-1. As the Mission Director of INSAT missions he has some of the original contributions to the INSAT systems maintenance[3].

Chandrayaan I & II

Chandrayaan-1, (Sanskrit: चंद्रयान-१, lit: Moon-vehicle[2][3] pronunciation (help·info)) is India's first mission to the moon launched by India's national space agency the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The unmanned lunar exploration mission includes a lunar orbiter and an impactor. India launched the spacecraft by a modified version of the PSLV C11[1][4] on 22 October 2008 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh about 80 km north of Chennai at 06:22 IST (00:52 UTC).[5]The mission is a major boost to India's space program, as India joins Asian nations China and Japan in exploring the Moon.[6] The vehicle was successfully inserted into lunar orbit on 8 November 2008.[7]

During the period 2004-2008, as the Project Director for Chandrayaan-1, he designed and developed the project to carry instrumentation from ISRO and from NASA, ESA and Bulgaria to accomplish simultaneous chemical, mineralogical, resource and topographic mapping of the entire lunar surface at high spatial and spectral resolutions. The project was realized within the time frame stipulated and the budget granted. He has paved the way for the future of Indian planetary missions and set an example for the international co-operation bringing the reputed international organizations like NASA, ESA, JAXA to work under the leadership of ISRO. Chandrayaan-1 has received many national and international awards including, the coveted Space Pioneers award for science and engineering at 28th International conference on Space development, in Florida USA[4].

Presently Annadurai is leading the project Chandrayaan-2, Indian Lunar Landing mission meant for insitu mineral and chemical analysis of lunar soil.

Previous Assignments

Prior to the present appointment, Dr. Annadurai was in Charge of India's National Communication satellite (INSAT) missions as the Mission Director. He has also served as the Associate Project director, for GSAT-3EDUSAT. He was the member secretary of the task team that prepared Chandrayaan-1 project report. He is the author of several research papers in his specialisation.

  • 1982: Joined ISRO
  • 1985: Team leader to develop S/W satellite Simulator
  • 1988: Spacecraft operations manager, IRS-1 A
  • 1989: Spacecraft operations manager, IRS-1 B
  • 1992: Spacecraft operations manager, INSAT-2A
  • 1993: Spacecraft operations manager, INSAT-2B
  • 1994: Deputy Project Director, INSAT-2C
  • 1996: Mission Director, INSAT-2C
  • 1997: Mission Director, INSAT-2D
  • 1999: Mission Director, INSAT-2E
  • 2000: Mission Director, INSAT-3B
  • 2001: Mission Director, GSAT-1
  • 2003: Mission Director, INSAT-3E
  • 2003: Associate Project, Director, EDUSAT
  • 2004: Project Director, Chandrayaan-1
  • 2008: Project Director, Chandrayaan-2

During his holidays Annadurai tours across the country to meet and interact with the students to spread science. Through his inspirational talks he has become a role model among the children and youngsters. His talks and writings are more sought and attended to by the academia and the professionals.

Awards and achievements

From Academic and Professional Bodies

  • Doctor of Science, DSc (Honoris Causa) conferred by Pondicherry University(2009)
  • Doctor of Science, DSc (Honoris Causa) conferred by Anna University, Chennai(2009)[5]
  • Doctor of Science, DSc (Honoris Causa) conferred by University of Madras, Chennai (2009)[6]
  • Doctor of Science, DSc (Honoris Causa) conferred by MGR University, Chennai (2008) [7]
  • Eminent Scientist Award from 76th Indian Science Congress - Madurai Kamaraj University Endowment.[8]
  • Dr. Annadurai is the recipient of the Hariom Ashram pretit Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for his outstanding Contributions to Systems analysis and Space systems management(2004).
  • He is also the recipient of a citation from ISRO for his contribution to the INSAT systems Mission management(2003)
  • Team Excellence award for his contribution to Indian Space Program(2007).
  • The government of Karnataka awarded him the Rajyotsava Prashastifor Science (2008).[9]
  • National Aernautical Award-2008 from Aeronautical Society of India in recognition of his contributions in the field of Satellites/Spacecrafts
  • Fellow of The Society for shock wave research, Dept.of Aerospace Eng, Indian Institute of ScienceI (IISC), Bangalore
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, PSG College of Technology, 2009.[10]
  • Jwel of GCT(Government College of Technology, Coimbatore) by GCT Alumni
  • Personality of the year Awarded by St. Johns International School, Chennai
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Boeing Asian - American professional Association,Houstan, USA
  • Space Systems award, 2009 from American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, US.[11]
  • NIQR Bajaj Award for "Outstanding Quality Man 2009"[12]
  • H K Firodia awards, 2009 for Science and Technology [13]
  • SIES(South Indian Education Society) Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati National Eminance Award, 2009 for Science and Technology [14]
  • Listed in the TNIE-Uninor Ahciever of the year 2009,[15]
  • Listed in the Dinamalar-Uninor Ahciever of the year 2009,[16]
  • Amara Bharathi National Eminence Award for Science and Technology, 2010

Dr. Annadurai's publications and works are being widely referred by satellite operator's, one of his work has been referred in a US patent[1].

From Public Forums

  • Poorna Chandra award from Rotary Club, Coimbatore.[17]
  • For the Sake of Honour award from Rotary international District 2980
  • Dr. Annadurai topped the list of top 10 Tamilars in 2008 released by Tamil Weekly Kumdam
  • He was placed 2nd in the list of Top 10 Indians in 2008 released by Tamil weekly Anandavikatan
  • Makkal Award - 2008 as Best- Tamil Scientist by Makkal TV
  • As the member of the Chandrayaan-1 team, Man of the year-2008 award by NDTV
  • Tamil mamani award from Tirupur Tamizh sangam.[18]
  • He also got awards like, "Nilavu Nayagan" and "Nilappillai" from Various forums in Tamil Nadu.
  • Ilaya Kalam (இளைய கலாம்), the title was conferred by Dinamalar Kalvimalar, on December 15, 2008. It was again offered in a public and students function held at Madurai Mangayarkarasi School on December 29, 2008.
  • Life time achievement award by Pondicherry Rotary Club
  • Arivial Anna from Karnataka Tamil Peravai, Hubli
  • Arivial Chemmal from RVS, Educational Trust
  • PAUL HARRIS FELLOW From Rotary international
  • Life time achievement award from Minnosota Tamilsangam, USA.[19]
  • "Centenarian Life time Achievement award", by the Centenarian Trust, Chennai (2009)
  • Life time achievement award from Anbu palam 52nd Anniversary on 2nd Oct 2009
  • Award from Bharathi Kalai mandram, Houston, USA


  1. ^ Coordination vital to the success of moon mission
  2. ^ Reaching for the moon
  3. ^ Autonomous Mode of S/C operations
  4. ^ Space systems Award
  5. ^ "Doctorate awarded by Annauniversity , Chennai for Annadurai".  
  6. ^ "Doctorate awarded by Madaras University for Annadurai".  
  7. ^ "Doctorate awarded for Annadurai".,+the,+project,+director,+of+,India%E2%80%99s,+&SectionName=rSY%7C6QYp3kQ=.  
  8. ^ "Eminent Scientist award for Annadurai".  
  9. ^ "Rajyotsava awards for space scientists".  
  10. ^ "Outstanding Alumni".  
  11. ^ "Space systems Award for Chandrayaan".  
  12. ^ "outstanding quality man".  
  13. ^ "HK Firodia award".  
  14. ^ "SIES award".  
  15. ^ "Achiever of the year 2009".  
  16. ^ "Achiever of the year 2009".  
  17. ^ "Poorna Chandra award for Annadurai".  
  18. ^ "Tamil mamani award for Annadurai".  
  19. ^ "Life Time Achievement Award from Minnosota Tamilsangam, USA".  

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