Yesterday the world witnessed India’s another aerospace success story launch into the sky. The INSAT-3DR Advanced Weather Satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The original timings were in the evening 5 pm, on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F05) rocket. This is the third successful launch of a heavy satellite on a GSLV rocket India has hosted.
India has spent over 75 million dollars on the cryogenic technology. That is why this launch has been a major event for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as it would decide the future of the organization and lay the foundation for the upcoming space programs.
“Today we reached one more landmark, successfully putting the weather monitoring satellite into orbit,” said ISRO’s Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar.
This satellite from ISRO is with lots of new technological improvements. It is a search and rescue transponder that will respond to marine, aviation, and land beacons and connect it to the Indian Mission Control Centre. It also has other additions like imaging in the infrared band to provide pictures during the night in low clouds and to calculate the temperature of the sea.
About the Satellite
The satellite’s primary objective would be to serve defense and various security agencies of the country. As it is a weather satellite, information for the meteorological and oceanographic views. This satellite is expected to last for ten years.
The next in line for launch is the GSLV-Mk-III rocket which will carry the GSAT-19 communication satellite into space. With a weight of 3.2 tons, it is the heaviest satellite to be carried by an Indian rocket.
India invests in Europe Space Agency and uses the Ariane rocket to launch the satellites. Through its investment into the cryogenic technology. India is readying its rocket engines which will carry the large satellites. Hence, both the rocket and the satellites are to be in the country.
“The cryogenic stage has settled into a system today. After the failure of the first stage, we identified the problems, conducted very detailed analysis and studies. We have mastered the technology,” Mr. Somanath, Director, Liquid Propulsion System Centre, ISRO said.
With this success of ISRO’s, there is a lot of hope in the future for India in the aerospace technology. This launch is a gigantic leap for the country, and the kind of technology India is becoming successful at producing the country’s projectile will be upwards hopefully.