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Woman scientist to lead RISAT-1 mission

Coimbatore, India: A little-known scientist, Valarmathi, who hails from Tamil Nadu state (in India), will lead RISAT-1 (Radar Imaging Satellite) mission, announced Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). She is the second woman scientist in India’s space history to head such a mission. T K Anuradha was the first woman scientist to head a space mission when GSAT-12 was launched on July 15, 2011.
Valarmathi is the project director of RISAT-1, the first woman from the Tamil Nadu state to head such a project. Earlier, senior scientist R N Tyagi was the project director of RISAT.
A 1981-batch engineer from Government College of Technology in Coimbatore, Valarmathi took charge following the retirement of Tyagi. Recently, ISRO Chief K Radhakrishnan had said that RISAT-1 could be launched anytime after March 15.
RISAT-1 is a microwave remote sensing satellite that has a Synthetic Aperture Radar and weighs about 1,850 kg. It is slated for launch by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle- C19 (XL) this year into a 536 km orbit.
Source: IBNLive