ISRO is scheduled to launch a new weather and disaster warning satellite INSAT-3DS on February 17

ISRO is scheduled to launch a new weather and disaster warning satellite INSAT-3DS on February 17

This satellite will enhance weather observations, as well as land and ocean monitoring to predict and warn of disasters.

ISRO is gearing up to launch its meteorological satellite INSAT-3DS on February 17. This satellite will greatly enhance meteorological observations and contribute to improving weather forecasting and disaster warning systems. The INSAT-3DS satellite is a follow-up mission to a third-generation meteorological satellite that will be placed in geostationary orbit. It is fully funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).

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The GSLV F14/INSAT-3DS mission is scheduled to launch on Saturday at 5:30 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota, according to ISRO. This satellite will enhance weather observations, as well as land and ocean monitoring to predict and warn of disasters. It will also complement the operational satellites INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR, enhancing meteorological services.

“The GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS mission is scheduled to launch on Saturday, February 17 at 5:30 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota,” ISRO said.

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The primary objectives of the mission are:

  • To monitor the Earth’s surface, and conduct observations of the oceans and their environment in various spectral channels of meteorological importance.
  • To provide the vertical profile of various meteorological parameters of the atmosphere.
  • To provide data collection and dissemination capabilities from Data Collection Platforms (DCPs).
  • Providing search and rescue services with the help of satellites.

In its 16th mission, GSLV aims to deploy the satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). The space agency said subsequent orbit raising maneuvers would ensure the satellite was placed in geostationary orbit.

The space agency said the satellite is designed to conduct improved meteorological observations and monitor land and ocean surfaces to predict weather and warn of disasters. She added that the satellite will enhance meteorological services alongside the currently operating INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR satellites, noting that Indian industries contributed greatly to making the satellite.

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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has provided details about the GSLV launch vehicle. The GSLV is a three-stage vehicle, 51.7 meters long and 420 tons. The first stage, GS1, consists of a solid-propellant engine holding 139 tons of propellant, as well as four ground-storable propellant stage belts, each carrying 40 tons of liquid propellant. The second stage, GS2, also contains 40 tons of propellant, while the third stage, GS3, is a cryogenic stage with a propellant load of 15 tons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. The GSLV is capable of launching various spacecraft for Earth resources surveying, communications, navigation and other missions.



Publication date: February 8, 2024 at 10:46 PM IST



Updated: February 8, 2024 at 10:46 PM IST

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