Young Professionals in Space & Engineering

Organizers: Puneet Kumar Mishra, ISRO & Dr. Koushik Dutta, CU

Young Professionals in Space & Engineering (YPSE) is an initiative of InCAP to bring young scientists, practitioners, engineers and leaders of space industry and agencies together on a single plate form to discuss recent research breakthroughs, technical advances, existing opportunities and emerging space technologies for future. Indian space industry is evolving at a rapid pace and such programs helps in holistic development of young generation vision in science, engineering and technology. Experts from NASA and ISRO, for them, space is an integral part of their culture and they are determined to transfer the treasure of expertise and knowledge to future generations. YP in Space and Engineering of InCAP is a perfect example of bringing youngsters and experts to inspire and motivate each other for the betterment of science and technology. We welcome you to actively participate in the YPSE and enrich your domain expertise and diversify your knowledge base. All the invited speakers are young achievers in their respective fields and are Young Professionals in Space & Engineering. Speakers list include: Ms. Priyanka Mishra, ISRO, Dr. Nacer Chahat, NASA, Mr. Raghav Sharma, Xovian Aerospace and Mr. Puneet Kumar Mishra, ISRO.

Mr. Puneet Kumar Mishra

Biography

Mr. Puneet Kumar Mishra obtained his M.Tech in RF & Microwave from IIT Rookee in the year 2004. Since 2004 he has been with ISRO Satellite Centre, and is presently Heading Satellite Antenna Characterization, Test & Design Section. He has rich experience of RF characterization of 35 Satellites operating from UHF to Ka-Band. He has Played a pivotal role in establishing S/C level EMC chamber and has Developed a payload to study the RF blackout phenomenon. He has also contributed in Indigenously Developing BusBars for High power S/C. He has published more than 40 papers and won 3 best paper awards. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and life member of Astronautical Society of India. He is on the board of reviewers of journals like the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, and IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation. He is a passionate volunteers and served Bangalore section as Joint Secretary (2013), Secretary (2014,2015), Treasurer (2016). He is currently Vice Chair (2017,2018), Bangalore Section, Chapter Chair IEEE TEMS and Vice Chair (Industry Relations) (2017,2018) for IEEE India Council. He is on Global Steering Committee of IEEE SIGHT and Chair, Operations Subcommittee, IEEE SIGHT. He was treasurer for R10-50 Years Inaugural event, R10 SYWL Congress 2016 and WIE Global summit 2016 held at Banglaore. He has brought radical changes in section by introducing Performance Based and membership dependent Section Support Scheme for Student Branches and Chapters, online fund transfer, annual platinum sponsorship and unique IEEE Young Professional in Space Program. He was TPC Co-chair for INDICON 2016 and General Chair for IEEE iAIM 2017 and YPinSpace Program. He is Finance & Exhibition Chair of InCAP and General Chair of IEEE AISYWC 2018.

He is recipient of prestigious IETE-IRSI(83) Young Scientist Award(2011), ISRO Young Scientist Award (2013), ASI-ISRO Space Gold Medal (2012) for outstanding contribution in Space Technology. He has been conferred prestigious 2017 MGA Achievement Award for exemplary contributions to increase member engagement and operational effectiveness within several Geographic Units.

Dr Koushik Dutta

Biography

Dr Koushik Dutta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Netaji Subhash Engineering College, Kolkata. After finishing his B.Sc Physics Honours, he had received his B.Tech., M.Tech., and PhD degrees from Institute of Radio Physics & Electronics under the University of Calcutta. He has researched in developing high-gain resonant cavity antenna with a new concept and theory. He has published over 17 papers in top peer-reviewed Journals and Conferences. Dr Dutta is a Senior member of IEEE. Presently he is the secretary of IEEE AP/MTT Joint Chapter, Kolkata and Student Activity Chair of IEEE Kolkata Section. He received the National Scholarship from MHRD, India in 1999 and IEEE outstanding volunteer Award in 2017. His current research interests include dielectric resonator antenna, circularly polarized antenna, Fabry-Perot antenna, and polarization modulation.























Title, Abstract of the Talk and Speakers’ Bio:

Talk # 1 : Satellite Configuration, Design, Assembly, Integration and Testing:

Ms. Priyanka Mishra
ISRO

Abstract: In this talk Spacecraft Configuration & layout studies w.r.t mechanical and electrical point of view, design, assembly and integration of spacecraft at various phases of satellite realization schedule, their importance, do’s and don’ts will be covered. Precautions and safety measures, problem resolutions, strict control on quality and schedule will also be discussed. Various environmental tests on any satellite and major differences in assembly, integration and testing of various kind of satellite (viz. Communication, Remote Sensing and Scientific missions) will also be discussed.


Ms. Priyanka Mishra obtained her B.Tech Degree in Electronics and Communications from University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Kanpur in 2006. She joined System Integration Group of U R Rao Satellite Centre (Earlier Known as ISRO Satellite Centre) in the year 2006. She has immensely contributed in assembly, integration and testing activities of almost all types of spacecraft including communication, Remote sensing and Inter planetary missions. As a Project Manager (Electrical Integration) she has successfully launched 4 spacecraft of Cartosat-2 Series mission. Currently she is Deputy Project Director (Integration) and has distinction of being youngest Deputy Project Director (Integration). Her areas of interest are system engineering, Spacecraft integration and development of automated test system to improve the spacecraft integration process. She has published 13 technical papers and is recipient of ISRO Team Award for Cartosat Mission.

Talk # 2 : Game changing antenna technologies enabling new class of Earth science and interplanetary missions

Dr Nacer Chahat
JPL/NASA

Abstract: Recent progress in antenna design for Space Exploration will be discussed and illustrated through a wide range of on-going mission development at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has significantly contributed to the rapid growth of CubeSat antennas with the development of very innovative deployable antennas at X- and Ka-band to enable new types of NASA missions: MarCO and Raincube. The Mars CubeSat One (MarCO) will benefit from a deployable X-band reflectarray to transmit back to Earth critical data from Insight during its Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) phase. A deployable Ka-band mesh reflector was developed for Raincube, the first radar in a CubeSat. The mesh reflector antenna was successfully deployed on July 28, 2018. Following the successful deployment of MarCO and RainCube antennas and driven by the needs of larger aperture for more powerful radar, larger deployable antennas compatible with 6U and 12U CubeSats were developed and tested.


The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is currently working on a first of a kind mission: the Mars helicopter technology demonstration. The challenges of the missions will be discussed. The helicopter will have the capability to transmit and receive data from a Mars Rover located at a distance ranging from 250m to 1km.


NASA’s JPL is currently developing a new type of X-band telecommunication antenna for the potential Europa Lander searching for life on the icy moon of Jupiter. This antenna needs to survive extreme environment (extreme temperature and radiation levels) while being completely flat. It could potentially enable direct link to Earth reducing the overall cost of the mission significantly. This antenna demonstrates an unprecedented aperture efficiency of more than 80% while operating at both uplink and downlink frequency bands of the Deep Space Network (DSN).


This talk will provide a brief overview of recent progress on antenna technologies enabling new class of NASA missions.


Dr. Nacer Chahat received his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Ecole Supérieur d’ingénieurs de Rennes (ESIR), Rennes, France, in 2009; his Master’s degree in telecommunication and his Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes (IETR), University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He is a Senior Antenna/Microwave Engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Since 2013, he has been a Microwave/Antenna Engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Technical Section Staff and Product Delivery Manager since 2017. He has authored and coauthored more than 90 technical journal articles and conference papers, has written four book chapters, and also holds several patents. Dr. Chahat was the recipient of the 2011 CST University Publication Award, the 2011 Best Paper Award from the Bioelectromegnetics Society, and the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award in 2012. He was awarded by Foundation of Rennes 1, Best Ph.D. of University of Rennes. In 2013, he received the Best Ph.D. thesis in France in electrical engineering awarded by club EEA (Enseignants et des chercheurs en Electronique, Electrotechnique et Automatique). In 2013, he was awarded the Airbus Group Foundation’s Best Thesis Prize in France. In 2015, he received a French Early Career Award for Engineer and Scientist (Prix Bretagne Jeune Chercheur) for his significant scientific contribution in his early career. In 2017, he received the IEEE A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award. In 2017, he also received the prestigious Lew Allen Award for Excellence awarded by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory “for demonstrated unique talent as a leader in rapid spacecraft antenna development and telecom systems engineering”. In 2018, he was awarded the Future Technology Leader Award by the Engineers’ Council and the NASA Early Career Achievement Award.

Talk # 3 : CANSAT Design and Application.

Mr. Raghav Sharma
Xovian Aerospace

Abstract: In this talk, Xovian Aerospace’s CANSAT design and various applications will be discussed. Xovian is an Aerospace startup with a vision to provide low cost solution in satellite industry. The startup was founded in 2011 and incorporated in 2014 and is backed up by the team with decades of experience in satellite technology.


Raghav is a chemical engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology-NIT, Jalandhar. He has been working on a project on new and alternative propulsion system for rockets and short range missiles and published research paper in the International Federation for Automation Control in partnership withElsevier. He is a speaker and interacted with many prestigious institutes across India including IIT’s, NIT’s, Central and Private Universities and covering almost 6000 students. He was the delegate member of IAF-IPMC Young Professionals Workshop 2016. After experiencing in procurement dept. in Escorts Ltd (at Escorts Auto Products), he formed his aerospace venture named Xovian. The company envisage in providing low cost sustainable solutions in satellite manufacturing. The company had successfully test-fired amateur rocket which caught the nationwide attention through print and digital media. He has been appreciated by Sir Ratan Tata, Former scientific advisor of Lt. Ex-President of India Dr Kalam, IIM Alumnus and Ex-ISRO people. As a responsible alumnus of NIT, he believes the Core of innovation through effective implementation of Industry-Institute Tie-up.

Talk # 4 : Antennas for Communication, Navigation, and Remote Sensing Satellites and Challenges in their measurements:

Mr. Puneet K Mishra
ISRO

Abstract: In this talk various antennas used of Communication, Navigation, and Remote Sensing Satellites and Challenges involved in their measurements will be discussed. This talk will discuss various innovative measurement techniques proposed and successfully implemented in characterization of next generation antenna and payload system at spacecraft level in ISRO’s compact range. Since its establishment in 2003, 35 spacecrafts and more than 225 devices under tests are characterized successfully over 200 MHz to 40 GHz. It is to be noted that nominal range of frequency of operation of the facility is from 1 GHz to 40 GHz. Some of the Innovative methods developed at ISRO’s compact range are presented here viz. (i) Low frequency (< 1GHz) antenna and Payload Measurement (ii) Transmit- mode Pattern measurement method for Navigational and Geostationary Satellites (iii) Transmit-Receive Combined pattern measurement. (iv) Multi-beam Antenna Measurements (v) PIM Measurements (v) Auto compatibility Measurements. All these innovative measurement techniques are discussed in this paper.


Mr. Puneet Kumar Mishra obtained his M.Tech in RF & Microwave from IIT Rookee in the year 2004. Since 2004 he has been with ISRO Satellite Centre, and is presently Heading Satellite Antenna Characterization, Test & Design Section. He has rich experience of RF characterization of 35 Satellites operating from UHF to Ka-Band. He has Played a pivotal role in establishing S/C level EMC chamber and has Developed a payload to study the RF blackout phenomenon. He has also contributed in Indigenously Developing BusBars for High power S/C. He has published more than 40 papers and won 3 best paper awards. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and life member of Astronautical Society of India. He is on the board of reviewers of journals like the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, and IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation. He is a passionate volunteers and served Bangalore section as Joint Secretary (2013), Secretary (2014,2015), Treasurer (2016). He is currently Vice Chair (2017,2018), Bangalore Section, Chapter Chair IEEE TEMS and Vice Chair (Industry Relations) (2017,2018) for IEEE India Council. He is on Global Steering Committee of IEEE SIGHT and Chair, Operations Subcommittee, IEEE SIGHT. He was treasurer for R10-50 Years Inaugural event, R10 SYWL Congress 2016 and WIE Global summit 2016 held at Banglaore. He has brought radical changes in section by introducing Performance Based and membership dependent Section Support Scheme for Student Branches and Chapters, online fund transfer, annual platinum sponsorship and unique IEEE Young Professional in Space Program. He was TPC Co-chair for INDICON 2016 and General Chair for IEEE iAIM 2017 and YPinSpace Program. He is Finance & Exhibition Chair of InCAP and General Chair of IEEE AISYWC 2018.


He is recipient of prestigious IETE-IRSI(83) Young Scientist Award(2011), ISRO Young Scientist Award (2013), ASI-ISRO Space Gold Medal (2012) for outstanding contribution in Space Technology. He has been conferred prestigious 2017 MGA Achievement Award for exemplary contributions to increase member engagement and operational effectiveness within several Geographic Units.

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