Insat-3DS satellite sent to spaceport, launch soon | India News


BENGALURU: Isro, which completed all the key tests on Insat-3DS satellite and the final review at the UR Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) in Bengaluru, has flagged off the satellite to the spaceport in Sriharikota.
The satellite will be launched onboard Isro’s GSLV launch vehicle — in the GSLV-F14 mission — and as per the latest Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) issued by the space agency, the launch window is between Feb 17 and March 17.According to sources, Isro is aiming for mid-Feb.
The Insat-3DS is part of a series of climate observatory satellites being launched by India and follows the Insat-3DR launched in 2016. “Insat-3DS, is an exclusive meteorological satellite realised by Isro with the primary objective to provide continuity of services to the existing in-orbit Insat-3D and 3DR satellites and significantly enhancing the capabilities of Insat system,” Isro said.
The satellite had successfully completed assembly, integration & testing activities at URSC and pre-shipment review (PSR) was held with the participation of members from user community on Jan 25. “The satellite is a user funded project with the ministry of earth science (MoES), configured around Isro’s well proven I-2k bus platform with a lift-off mass of 2,275 kg. Indian industries have significantly contributed in the making of the satellite,” Isro said.
Designed for enhanced meteorological observations and monitoring of land and ocean surfaces for weather forecasting and disaster warning, Insat-3D, with state-of-the-art payloads — six-chanKnel imager and 19 channel sounder meteorology payloads, communication payloads (data relay transponder (DRT) and satellite aided search and rescue (SAS&R) transponder.
“The data relay transponder (DRT) instrument, receives meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic data from automatic data collection platforms/automatic weather stations (AWS) and augments the weather forecasting capabilities. SAS&R transponder is incorporated in the satellite to relay a distress signal/alert detection from the beacon transmitters for search and rescue services with global receive coverage,” Isro added.


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