Scripting accomplishment on the maiden operational flight of its substantial obligation rocket fitted with the indigenous cryogenic upper stage, India on Thursday launched its advanced climate satellite INSAT-3DR locally available GSLV-F05 from the spaceport in Sriharikota.
The 49.13-meter tall rocket lifted off from the second platform at the Satish Dhawan Space Center here at 4.50 pm, grandly took off into the skies and infused the 2,211-kg INSAT-3DR into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit around 17 minutes after the fact.
Earlier, it was scheduled to lift off by 4.10 pm but due to “delay in cryostage filling operations” it was rescheduled to 4.50 pm, officials said.
INSAT-3DR, with a planned mission life of ten years, will give administration continuity to prior meteorological missions and further increase the ability to give different meteorological, inquiry and rescue administrations.
Thursday’s mission, the tenth flight of GSLV, accept essentialness for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as it is the main operational flight of the rocket fitted with the indigenous cryogenic upper stage.
“Today’s launch of GSLV-F05 is significant since it is first operational flight of GSLV carrying Cryogenic Upper Stage. Earlier launches were developmental. The engine used was Russian engine. Today’s launch is indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage and it is the first operational flight,” an ISRO official told PTI.
A jubilant ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar patted his team of scientists for “another achievement” even as he said the satellite was placed in the orbit.
P Kunhikrishnan, Director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), said today’s was a ‘precision launch’ where the satellite was placed in a “very accurate geosynchronous orbit.”
“Hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team for the wonderful job you have done. Keep it up,” Kiran Kumar said.
It was the seventh successful mission this year including the IRNSS series and the scramjet propulsion mission and it had been conducted with “utmost professionalism in the short period possible,” Kunhikrishnan said.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director L Sivan, described the GSLV success as “our beloved Make in India” technology.
“The mission lifted the highest mass satellite…GSLV MKIII is going to lift the highest mass satellite on Indian soil in another three months,” he said.
INSAT-3DR would supplement the administrations of INSAT-3D propelled from French Guiana on July 26, 2013.
The payloads in INSAT-3DR are Imager, Sounder, Data-Relay Transponder and Satellite Aided Search and Rescue Transponder.
The multi- spectral “Imager” would create pictures of earth at regular intervals. It would give data on different parameters, ocean surface temperature, snow spread, cloud movement winds.
It is an enhanced form of comparable imager that was utilized on INSAT-3A and Kalpana-1 Satellites.
The ‘Sounder’ payload, which was earlier used in INSAT-3D, will provide information on temperature and humidity.