The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up for the launch of its state-of-the-art meteorological satellite INSAT-3DS. The spacecraft is scheduled to embark on its journey on February 17, 2024 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota aboard the GSLV-F-14 Rocket.
All About INSAT-3DS
INSAT-3DS is designed to augment the capabilities of the existing INSAT System, it will provide continuity of services to the in orbit INSAT-3D and 3DR satellites. The exclusive meteorological satellite equipped with advanced instruments aims to enhance the weather forecasting, disaster management and related meteorological services.
Flagged off to the SDSC-SHAR on January 25, 2024, for integration with the launch vehicle INSAT-3DS will occupy a geostationary orbit at an altitude of approximately 35,786 kilometers positioned at 82 degrees East longitude.
This satellite had successfully completed satellite assembly integration and testing activities at UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru. The satellite is a user funded project with the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) configured around ISRO’s I-2K bus platform with a lift off mass of 2275 kilograms. Indian industries have significantly contributed in the making of satellite.
Featuring a six-channel imager and an infra-red sounder, the satellite’s advanced meteorological instruments are pivotal for monitoring weather patterns, detecting cyclones and aiding communication during natural calamities.
As part of the Indian National Satellite System (INSAT) series, which revolutionized the communications sectors since the commissioning of the INSAT-1B in 1983, the INSAT-3DS mission is poised to contribute significantly to the nations meteorological imaging and data relay capabilities.
The GSLV-F-14 (Geosynchronous Satellite Lauch Vehicle) of the ISRO mission launch window extends from February 17 to March 17, 2024 as per the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) issued by the Indian Space agency. This venture promises to bolster India ‘s infrastructure for weather monitoring and disaster preparedness, reaffirming the country’s position as a global leader in space technology applications for societal benefits.
With the countdown underway, the Indian space agency ISRO’s primary launch pad, Sriharikota is poised to witness another milestone as ISRO continues its legacy of pioneering space missions solidifying India’s standing as a global leader in space exploration and satellite technology.