ISRO launches INSAT-3DS satellite successfully

New Delhi | Updated: 17 February, 2024 7:18 pm IST
ISRO achieves success in INSAT-3DS satellite launch. (image credit: ISRO/Instagram)

NEW DELHI: The meteorological satellite INSAT-3DS was launched from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Saturday, using a Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket. During its 16th mission, the GSLV rocket successfully placed the INSAT-3DS meteorological satellite into the planned orbit.

Following additional orbit-adjusting manoeuvres, the satellite will be positioned within a Geostationary Orbit.

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The objective of the mission is to sustain the ongoing services provided by the existing operational INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR satellites. It emphasises improved meteorological observations, surveillance of land and ocean surfaces for weather prediction and disaster alerts, and the provision of Satellite Aided Search and Rescue Services.

Objectives of ISRO’s INSAT-3DS:

Observe the Earth’s surface, monitor oceans, and analyse the environment from various crucial meteorological viewpoints.

Offer data regarding various atmospheric conditions via vertical profiles.

Oversee the gathering and sharing of data from Data Collection Platforms (DCPs).

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Assist in search and rescue operations.

What payloads does ISRO’s INSAT-3DS carry?

INSAT-3DS features a 6-channel Imager and a 19-channel Sounder designed for advanced meteorological observations.

Communication Payloads: INSAT-3DS includes vital communication payloads such as the Data Relay Transponder (DRT).

Data Collection: The DRT gathers information from automated Data Collection Platforms and Automatic Weather Stations, improving weather forecasting capabilities.

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Search and Rescue Transponder: The SAS&R transponder has a crucial function in transmitting distress signals and alert notifications from beacon transmitters, aiding global search and rescue efforts.

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