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Arianespace said Oct. 11 it’s too soon to say whether the Soyuz-ST rockets it uses to launch satellites from South America will be grounded following the failure of a Russian Soyuz-FG rocket carrying crew to the International Space Station.
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With Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft grounded for an indefinite period, NASA managers said Oct. 11 that they will look at ways to keep the current International Space Station crew in orbit for an extended period if needed.
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Thursday’s dramatic launch abort was the first time a crewed spacecraft bound for the ISS has suffered a mission critical failure. But it was not the first time that a manned Soyuz rocket has been forced to activate its launch abort system.
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An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are reported to be in good condition after a problem with their Soyuz rocket minutes after liftoff Oct. 11 forced them to abort their mission to the International Space Station and make an an emergency landing in Kazakhstan.
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     Date Submitted:08-01-2018
     Last Modified:08-01-2018 (09:58)
    Job information
     Current job:Research scholar
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems
     KeywordsOptimisation, Control, Algorithm development, trajectory generation, system dynamics


    Ph. D in Optimization and Control, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka (2012 - 2017)

    Title: “Terminal point control optimization of launch vehicle – A combined Gradient particle swarm approach”

    M-Tech in Space Engineering, Manipal University,  Manipal, Karnataka (2010 – 2012) – First class

    MBA in Technology management, Alagappa University (Distance education), Tamilnadu First class

    B-Tech in  Electronics and Communication, Kerala university, kerala (2006 – 2010) First class

    Higher Secondary School  (2004 – 2006) Distinction

    Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) 2004 – First class


    Research Experience

    Worked as a project intern in ‘Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre’ (VSSC), ISRO, Trivandrum, Kerala - 695022 from 15th July 2011 to 31st May 2012.


    Research interest

    Optimal control & optimization methods

    Evolutionary algorithms

    Navigation Guidance and Control

    Algorithm development

    Digital electronics

    Process control


    International Journal Publications

    Dileep M.V., Surekha Kamath, Vishnu G.Nair “Ascent phase trajectory optimization of launch vehicle using Theta-particle swarm optimization with different thrust scenarios” International Review of Aerospace Engineering (IREASE) Vol. 9, No. 6 pp. 200-207, 2016.  (Scopus/ Web of science)

    Dileep M.V., Surekha Kamath, Vishnu G. Nair “Optimal Trajectory Generation for the Ascent Phase of Launch Vehicle Using θ-PSO Approach” International Journal of Control Theory and Applications, Vol. 9, No. 39, pp. 95-101, 2016.  (Scopus/ Web of science)

    Dileep, M V, Surekha Kamath, “Near optimal trajectory generation of an ascent phase launch vehicle with minimum control effort”, International Journal of Control Theory and Applications Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 1217-1223, 2015.  (Scopus/ Web of science)

    Dileep, M V, Surekha Kamath “A Review on Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm and Its Developments.” Global Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 11, No. 6, pp. 4997- 5018, 2015. (Scopus/ Web of science)

    Singh, D.D. Vishnu G Nair,  Dileep, M.V. “Minimum time ascent phase trajectory optimization using steepest descent method” International Journal of Control Theory and Applications, Vol. 9, No. 39, pp. 71-76, 2016.  (Scopus/ Web of science)

    Dileep M V, Vishnu G Nair, Prahalad KR, Surekha Kamath “Trajectory Optimization of Launch Vehicles Using Steepest Descent Method–A Novel Approach” International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 116-121, 2014.

    Vishnu G Nair, Dileep M V, Prahlad K R “New Programming Approach for Steepest Descent Optimization of Rocket Trajectories”, International Journal of Computer Applications, Vol. 48, No. 19, pp. 21-27, 2012.

    Vishnu G Nair, Dileep M V, V I George “Aircraft Yaw Control System using LQR and Fuzzy Logic Controller”, International  Journal of Computer Applications, Vol. 45 No. 9, pp. 25-30, 2012.

    Vishnu G Nair, Dileep M V, Prahalad KR “Design of fuzzy logic controller for lateral dynamics control of aircraft by considering the cross-coupling effect of yaw and roll on each other”, International Journal of Computer Applications Vol. 47, No. 13, pp. 43-48, 2012.


    Conference publications:

    Dileep M.V, Surekha Kamath, Vishnu G Nair., “Optimal trajectory generation of launch vehicle using PSO algorithm” International Conference on Futuristic Trends on Computational Analysis and Knowledge Management (ABLAZE), Noida, IEEE, pp. 56-60, 2015.  (Scopus/ Web of science)

    Dileep M. V, Surekha Kamath, “Particle Swarm Optimization Applied to Ascent Phase Launch Vehicle Trajectory Optimization Problem” Eleventh International Multi-Conference on Information Processing (IMCIP-2015), Procedia Computer Science, Elsevier, Vol. 54, pp. 516 – 522, 2015. (Scopus/ Web of science)

    Dileep M V, Surekha Kamath, “Comparative Study of Optimal Trajectory Generation for Launch Vehicle Using Two Different Algorithms” Proceedings of the International Conference on Computing in Mechanical Engineering, Research Publishing, kochi, pp. 42-49, 2016

    Dileep M. V, Vishnu G Nair, Surekha Kamath, “Trajectory Optimization of Launch Vehicles Using Steepest Descent Method – A Novel Approach” CISCON-2013, December 20-21, Manipal, 2013

    Vishnu G Nair, Mayank Thakur, V.I.George, Dileep M.V “Fuzzy Roll Control System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”,  Proceedings of the Control instrumentation system conference (CISCON) November 16th & 17th, 2012, MIT, Manipal

    Vishnu G Nair, C G. Nayak, Prahlad K R, Dileep M.V “Design of Yaw Controller for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle using Fuzzy logic” Proceedings of the National Conference on “Advances In Electrical Engineering” held at NITTE university, Karnataka, India

    Vishnu G Nair, V.I.George, Balbir Singh, Dileep M.V “Pitch Control of UAVs Using Various Control Strategies”, Proceedings of the DRDO sponsored eighth  Control Instrumentation System Conference CISCON-2011, MIT, Manipal, November 3-6, 2011


    Project Works

    Embedded system controlled hexapod Robot: B-Tech

    Trajectory optimization of launch vehicles: M-Tech

    Terminal point control optimization of launch vehicle – A combined Gradient particle swarm approach : Ph. D


     Personal Information

    Date of Birth              :  24-01-1988

    Gender                       :  Male

    Nationality                 :  Indian

    Marital Status             : Single

    Hobbies                      :  Numismatics, Listening Music, Trekking, Driving


    Technical Knowledge

     Software         : Matlab, LabVIEW, C++, C, Simulink


    Languages known

      English, Malayalam, Hindi




    Dr. Surekha Kamath,                                     Dr. N.Selvaganesan,

      Associate Professor (Sr),                                   Associate Professor and Head

      ICE Department MIT                                       Department of Avionics, IIST,

      Manipal Institute of Technology,                     Dept. of Space, Govt. of India

      Manipal (P O),                                                  Valiamala (P O),

      Karnataka- 576104                                           Thiruvananthapuram –695547

      Email id: surekha.kamath(at)          Email id: n_selvag(at)



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