Keynote Speaker

Ritesh Kumar Sharma

Deputy Project Director, Chandrayaan-3 Mission
Head, Microwave Sensors Signal Processing Division
Space Applications Centre, ISRO

Ritesh Kumar Sharma holds a B.Tech. degree in electronics engineering from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow University, India, conferred in 2001. He joined the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the same year. Mr. Sharma has focused his career on digital system design and development in the microwave remote sensors field. Presently serving as Microwave Sensors Signal Processing Division Head, he has played a pivotal role in the realization of digital hardware subsystems for a range of spaceborne and airborne missions. Notable projects include RISAT-1, Chandrayaan-2/3, Megha-Tropiques, Gaganyaan, Re-Usable Launch Vehicle, DMSAR, Millimeter Wave Sounder, and Ground-based Radiometer. As a Deputy Project Director of Chandrayaan-3, he has made substantial contributions to the mission’s success, particularly in the design, development, and realization of the Radar Altimeter (RA) and Hazard Detection and Avoidance (HDA) processor. These components play a critical role in ensuring the safe and smooth landing of the Vikram Lander on the lunar surface.

His extensive contributions to the field include the design of real/near-time radar signal processors, hazard detection and avoidance processors, VLSI designs, and digital signal processing. Mr. Sharma has presented over 40 technical papers at conferences in India and abroad. He was honored with ISRO’s Young Scientist Merit Award in 2010 and the Team Excellence Award for the development of RISAT-1 in 2012. He is a member of IEEE and a lifetime member of ASI, ISRS, ISSE, and SSME.