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Old 24-Apr-2012
Local woman heads satellite project

Chennai Tamil Nadu will have special reason to cheer on Thursday when an Indian rocket puts Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat-1) into orbit and the remote sensing satellite starts performing.

A local woman is directing the project for India's heaviest microwave satellite.

N. Valarmathi is the Risat-1 project director at the Indian space agency's Satellite Centre in Bengaluru.

"As the project director, she [Valarmathi] is responsible for the delivery and the functioning of the satellite," an official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) told IANS, requesting anonymity.

Weighing 1,858 kilos, the Risat-1 with a life span of five years would be used for disaster prediction and agriculture forestry, and its high resolution pictures and microwave imaging could also be used for defence purposes.

In 2009, Isro launched 300kg Risat-2 with an Israeli built SAR enabling earth observation in all weather as well as day and night.

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