A two day national workshop on Design of Antenna and Radar Systems DARS 2009
- was organised by ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at its
Mission Operations Complex in Peenya, Bangalore, during February 13-14, 2009.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in association with several
organisations like Bharat Electronics, Electronic Corporation of India Limited,
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and many private agencies, has been instrumental
in the design and development of various types of antenna and radar systems,
meeting the needs of aerospace agencies in the country. The recent success of
Indias first mission to moon Chandrayaan-1 and the role played by the
Indian Deep Space Network with the 32 m antenna of ISTRAC, has generated
tremendous enthusiasm among the antenna and radar community in the country.
This workshop was an effort to bring together designers, engineers and
scientists across ISRO and other organisations in the field to share their
experiences, current practices as well as future concepts to build
state-of-the-art antenna and radar systems.
Padma Vibhushan Dr G Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO/Secretary, Department of
Space, inaugurated the workshop and presided over its inaugural function. Shri
R Aravamudan, Former Director, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore, who
pioneered the development of radars in ISRO, was the Guest of Honour. Shri S K
Shivakumar, Director, ISTRAC, welcomed the gathering and Shri G R Hathwar,
Chairman-DARS 2009 Organising Committee, spoke on the theme of the workshop.
Chairman, ISRO released the proceedings of the national workshop. Shri
Aravamudan unveiled the souvenir brought out during the occasion and Shri S K
Shivakumar released the compendium of antennas of various ISTRAC network
In his inaugural address, Dr Madhavan Nair appreciated the organisers for
conducting the workshop in the backdrop of the recent success of Chandrayaan-1.
In his keynote address, Shri Aravamudan traced the development and
establishment of radars for tracking launch vehicles over the past four
decades, which continue to provide support for launch vehicle missions. During
the function, Shri Aravamudan was presented with a Life Time Achievement
Award by Dr Madhavan Nair for his contribution to ISRO during his illustrious
career of 34 years. Dr Madhavan Nair was also felicitated on being conferred
with Padma Vibhushan Award by the Government of India during the 2009 Republic
Day Celebrations. Shri B Sambasiva Rao, General Manager, ISTRAC, proposed vote
About 250 delegates including 65 students from various prestigious technical
institutions as well as experts participated during the two-day workshop and 65
high quality technical papers from India and abroad were presented. Besides,
six invited lectures were delivered on the current state of technology in the
field of antenna and radar systems.