Malappuram: India’s Antarctic Satellite Expedition team has a Malayali presence as ISRO scientist Sahal is also among the members. Sahal, who hails from Pothanur in Edappal, is currently part of the research team in the Antarctica Ground Station for Earth Observation Station (AGEOS) at the Bharati Station, ISRO’s own ground station in Antarctica.
India has two established ground stations in Antarctica - Maitri established in 1989 and Bharati established in 2012.
A scientist in ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking & Command Network in Bengaluru, Sahal has been involved in handling the data collection as well as the tracking of satellites and launch vehicles at the ground station. A team of five members is involved in the one-year-long expedition that began in November.
Sahahl is the son of M.N. Mohammed Koya (Principal, Assabah College, Valayamkulam) and C.M. Sajitha (Professor, Govt. Engineering College Kozhikode). He completed his primary education at Vijayamatha School Ponnani and AHRD College Edappal. After obtaining B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in Thiruvananthapuram, he also completed an Integrated M.S.in Physics from IISER.