ISRO launched GSLV-F05 successfully

Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched indigenous Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F05) rocket carrying advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR on Thursday.

The launch was delayed by 40 minutes due to a technical glitch and was launched at 4:50 PM from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota.

GSLV-F05 is the flight in which the indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) will be carried on-board for the fourth time during a GSLV flight.

After reaching the Geostationary Transfer Orbit, the 2,211kg satellite INSAT-3DR would use its own propulsion system to reach the final destination — geosynchronous orbital home. It is stationed at 74 degree east longitude.

The advanced weather satellite is expected to provide a variety of meteorological services to the country.

INSAT-3DR configured with an imager and two transponders. The imager generate images of earth from an altitude of 36,000 km once in every 26 minutes.

India has three exclusive advanced weather satellites for providing weather services —Kalpana-1, INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR.

After INSAT-3DR reaches the intended GTO, the solar panels of the satellite were deployed immediately.

ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan, Karnataka will take control of the satellite and perform the initial orbit raising maneuvers and place it in circular Geostationary Orbit. The entire process is expected to take place in 17 minutes from the launch.

Besides offering a host of services, 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.

Expected operational life of INSAT-3DR is 10 years.

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