ISRO will launch its advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR on-board GSLV-F05 on Thursday. The launch of the GSLV-F05 will be the tenth flight of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, designed to inject 2 to 2.5 ton class of satellites in geostationary orbits.
Earlier with similar configurations, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV) flight successfully launched D5 and D6 missions in January 2014 and August 2015, putting GSAT-14 and GSAT-6 satellites in the intended GTOs ‘very accurately’.
GSLV-F05’s launch on Thursday is significant since the nation’s own Cryogenic Upper Stage in the rocket will graduate from test phase to operational phase. The designed mission life of INSAT-3DR is 10 years.
Here’s all you need to know:
When is the launch?
The launch is scheduled to take place on Thursday at 1610 hours (IST).
Where is the launch?
The lift-off is scheduled to take place from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 110 km from Chennai.
Where can you see it live?
The launch will be telecasted live on Doordarshan, but you can also stream it on ISRO’s official website.
What will happen during the launch?
The GSLV-F05 rocket, in its tenth flight, will carry INSAT-3DR satellite and launch it into the Geostationary Transfer Orbit. After reaching the GTO, the 2,211kg satellite would use its own propulsion system to reach the final destination — geosynchronous orbital home — stationing itself at 74 degree east longitude.
After INSAT-3DR reaches the intended GTO, the solar panels of the satellite will be deployed immediately.
What will the satellite be used for?
INSAT-3DR would join the operational Search and Rescue service provided by INSAT-3D to various users, including Coast Guard, Airport Authority of India, Shipping and Defense Services.