The countdown for the launch of Indian Space Research Organisation’s advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR on-board GSLV-F05 has started at Sriharikota. It will be launched on Thursday at 4.10 pm.
Here are some things you must know about this significant launch and why this satellite is a big deal for India.
GSLV-F05 is significant since it is the first operational flight of GSLV carrying Cryogenic Upper Stage
The rocket is almost 49 metre high and weighs 415 tonnes
The INSAT-3DR satellite is an improvement of its predecessor -- INSAT-3D. The new satellite possesses an atmospheric sounding system which allows it to map vertical changes of humidity, temperature and ozone content in Earth’s atmosphere
The INSAT-3DR will provide a variety of meteorological services to the country
The 3DR will also include a search-and-rescue transponder, used to pinpoint the location of distressed vessels at sea
The 3DR will last till around 2024