Odisha born scientist Tapan Misra new head of ISRO application centre

Bengaluru, Feb 20:

Odisha born scientist Tapan Misra Friday took over as director of the Indian space agency’s application centre at Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

Pic Courtesy: www.thehindubusinessline.com
Pic Courtesy: www.thehindubusinessline.com

Misra, deputy director of microwave remote sensing area at the same centre, succeeded A.S. Kiran Kumar, who was made chairman of the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Jan 14 here.

An engineering graduate from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, Misra was the lead designer for the development of C-band synthetic aperture radar of the country’s radar imaging satellite-1 (Risat-1). He was born in 1961 in Rayagada, Odisha.

“Under Misra’s leadership, critical technology elements for Risat were developed in partnership with the industry,” the space agency said in a statement here.

Misra contributed to the system design, simulation, integration and ground calibration of multi-frequency scanning microwave radiometer instrument, which is onboard the country’s Oceansat-1 satellite.

“Misra was associated with the development of a special airborne radar system for disaster management during 2005-2006 Scatterometer payload of Oceansat-2, launched in 2009 for providing wind data to global meteorological community,” the statement recalled.

Misra also led a team to develop futuristic remote sensing systems, including advanced radars, millimetre wave sounders and an advanced Scatterometer.

Beginning his career at the applications centre as a digital hardware engineer for developing quick look display system of x-band side looking airborne radar in 1984, Misra went on to design and develop C-band airborne synthetic aperture radar.

“Misra developed an important algorithm for real-time processing of synthetic aperture radar data when he was a guest scientist in the German Aerospace Agency in 1990,” the statement added.



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