Thursday, April 26, 2012



Mission type
Radar imaging
Launch date
26 April 2012, 00:17 UTC
Carrier rocket
Launch site
Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Mission duration
5 years (planned)
1,858 kg (4,100 lb)[1]
Orbital elements
536 km
Orbits per day
Main instruments
C-band SAR
Imaging resolution
1m - 50m

At exactly 5.47 a.m.26TH  April 2012,thursday, the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C19 (PSLV-C19) - standing 44.5 meters tall and weighing 321 tons and with a one-way ticket, hurtled towards the skies ferrying the 1,858 kg Risat-1 after unshackling itself from launch pad No.1.
With a rich orange flame at its tail and a plume of white smoke, the rocket ascended towards the blue sky amidst the resounding cheers of ISRO scientists and media team assembled at the launch centre.
People perched atop nearby buildings too happily clapped as PSLV-C19 went up.
Space scientists at the new rocket mission control room of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) were glued to their computer screens watching the rocket escaping the earth's gravitational pull.
The ISRO-made Risat-1 is the heaviest luggage so far ferried by a PSLV since 1993.
At around 17 minutes into the flight, PSLV-C19 delivered Risat-1 into a polar circular orbit at an altitude of 480 km and an orbital inclination of 97.552 degrees.
ISRO, with its network of ground stations, monitored its health.
"PSLV-C19 mission is a grand success. This is the 20th successive successful flight of PSLV. India's (indigenously built) first radar imaging satellite was injected precisely into orbit," ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan said after the launch.
For ISRO this is the first launch this fiscal as well as in the calendar year.
Remote sensing satellites send back pictures and other data for use. India has the largest constellation of remote sensing satellites in the world providing imagery in a variety of spatial resolutions, from more than a metre ranging up to 500 metres, and is a major player in vending such data in the global market.
With 11 remote sensing/earth observation satellites orbiting in the space, India is a world leader in the remote sensing data market. The 11 satellites are TES, Resourcesat-1, Cartosat-1, 2, 2A and 2B, IMS-1, Risat-2, Oceansat-2, Resourcesat-2 and Megha-Tropiques.
Risat-1's synthetic aperture radar (SAR) can acquire data in C-band and would orbit the earth 14 times a day.
In 2009, ISRO had launched 300 kg Risat-2 with an Israeli built SAR enabling earth observation in all weather, day and night conditions.
With Thursday's launch the PSLV rocket has launched successfully 53 satellites out of 54 it carried - majorly remote sensing/earth observation satellites both Indian and foreign - and has been a major revenue earner for ISRO.
The one failure happened in 1993 when the satellite was not able reach the orbit.
The rocket that delivered Risat-1 in the space is Isro's four stage PSLV's upgraded variant called PSLV-XL.
The letters XL stand for extra large as the six strap-on motors hugging the rocket at the bottom can carry 12 tonnes of solid fuel as against the base version that has a fuel capacity of nine tonnes.
The PSLV's four stages are fuelled with solid and liquid propellants. The first and third stages are fuelled by solid fuel while the second and fourth stages are powered by liquid fuel.
Isro had used the PSLV-XL variant for its Chandrayaan-1 moon mission in 2008 and for launching the GSAT-12 communications satellite in 2011.
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Saturday, April 14, 2012



Important Dates to Remember:
1. Opening Date for Online Application: 26.03.2012 (Time: 10:00 AM)
2. Closing Date for Online Application: 16.04.2012 (Time: 5:00 PM)
3. Closing Date for receiving hard copy of Application by Post / Courier :
23.04.2012 (Time: 5.00 pm)

Monday, April 2, 2012


Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar invites application for admission to Ph.D. Programme from candidates
in the following categories: 
1. Regular full‐time scholars with Institute Assistance. 
2. Sponsored Scholars: Candidates who possess the minimum prescribed qualifications and are in service in any of
the following establishments shall be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program as Sponsored Scholars: 
i) Defence or other ministries of the Government of India or any other government organizations;   
ii) Established industrial research and development organizations 
iii) Autonomous bodies and public undertakings 
iv) Universities/Colleges 
1) School of Basic Sciences: 
Organometallics, Green Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, Molecular Recognition, Organic Solid State
Chemistry, Polymorphism, Coordination Chemistry, Magnetic Materials, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Organic
Synthesis, Theoretical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Protein Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biological and
Catalytic Activity of Transition Metal Complexes, Complex Dynamics, Fractals, Combinatorial Matrix Theory,
Spectral Graph Theory, Queuing Theory, Applied Probability Models, Stochastic Models in the Operations
Research, Biology and Mathematical Finance, Optimization Theory, Geometric Programming, Artificial Neural
Network, Applied Functional Analysis, Optimization theory,   Complementarity Problems, Plasmonics and
Optical Sensors, String Theory, Nanostructure Materials,   Soft Condense Matter, Atomic Molecular Physics,
Thermo‐electrics, Multiferroics and Nano‐magnetism.
2) School of Earth, Ocean & Climate Sciences: 
Hydro ‐geochemistry, Water – Rock interaction, Geochemistry of soil & sediments, Pollutant Pathways.
3) School of Electrical Sciences:
RF and Microwave Engineering, Antenna Design, Radar Signal Processing, Microgrid Protection, Planning and
Operation, Wide Area Protection for Transmission Systems and Intelligent Systems for Smartgrid Infrastructure,
Decoupling Control, Robust Control, Periodic feedback Control, Power Quality, Custom Power Devices, Renewable
Energy Sources, Application of Soft Computing Techniques to Power Systems, Adaptive Signal Processing, Soft and
Evolutionary Computing, Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization, Wide Bandgap Semiconductor
Devices, MMICs, Fiber Optics Device, Optical Communication, Optical Sensor, Communication System.    
4) School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management:
5) School of Infrastructure (Civil Engineering):
Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation and Highway
Engineering, Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering.
Economics ‐
Environmental Economics, Natural Resources Economics, Macroeconomics, Development,             
Economics & Rural Development
English ‐
Indian Writing in English, Post Colonial Literature, Travel Writing, Business Communication,
American Literature, Canadian Literature, ELT, Cross Cultural Communication, Autobiography
Psychology ‐
Consumer Behavior, Cyber Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive   
Neuroscience, Psycholinguistics, Psychology of Personality, Marketing   6) School of Mechanical Sciences (Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering):
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence, Heat Transfer, Composite Materials, Sandwich
Structures, Fracture Mechanics, Composite Materials, Smart Composite Structures, Vibration, Fracture Mechanics,
Solid Mechanics, Supply Chain Management, Quality Control, Logistics, Industrial Noise Control.
7) School of Minerals, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering: 
Advanced metal processing, Metal based alloys and composites, Metal‐ceramic interaction, Modelling
and simulation of materials.
How to Apply:   
Duly completed application form (downloadable from, should be sent to
Officer‐on‐Special Duty (Academic Affairs), IIT Bhubaneswar, Samantapuri, Bhubaneswar, Odisha – 751 013 along
with a Demand Draft of Rs. 500/‐ for General/OBC, Rs. 250 for SC/ST drawn in favour of “IIT Bhubaneswar” on
any nationalized bank payable at Bhubaneswar latest by 30thApril, 2012 

by post or in person. Please superscribe
‘Application for Admission to Ph.D. programme in the School of ______________’ on the top of the envelope.
Women candidates are exempted from the payment of application fees. Candidates applying for more than one
School should submit a separate application for each School. 
The Institute reserves the right to call a limited number of candidates for written test or/ and interview.