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ISRO flags off the INSAT-3DS, ISRO’s latest meteorological satellite to SDSC-SHAR for launch on board the GSLV F14

ISRO in its recent updates informed that the INSAT-3DS, ISRO’s latest meteorological satellite has been flagged off to SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota. ISRO flagged off the satellite to the SDSC-SHAR launch port on January 25, 2024, which will be launched on board GSLV F14.

The Satellite completed the Satellite Assembly, Integration & Testing activities at U R Rao Satellite Centre, Bengaluru. On the other hand, the Pre-Shipment Review (PSR) was conducted on January 25, 2024, which saw the participation of members from the user community.

The INSAT-3DS satellite is a user-funded project with the Ministry of Earth Science (MoES). The project is configured around ISRO’s I-2k bus platform, marking a Lift-off Mass of 2275 kg. Along with them, the project has also received immense contributions from Indian Industries to make the project.

Mission objective: The primary objective of the INSAT-3Ds is to provide continuity of services to the existing in-orbit INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR satellites. It will also enhance the capabilities of the INSAT system significantly.

The satellite will undertake enhanced meteorological observations and monitor land and ocean surfaces. The results will be used to figure out weather forecasting and disaster warning.

The INSAT-3DS includes state-of-the-art payloads, which includes a 6-channel Imager and 19-channel Sounder meteorology payloads, communication payloads, the Data Relay Transponder (DRT) and the Satellite Search and Rescue (SAS&R) transponder.

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