GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS Mission

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GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS Mission

News: The Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS mission on 17th February 2024, with the aim of enhancing weather forecasting and disaster warning capabilities.

Key Highlights of the GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS Mission
• INSAT-3DS will be launched aboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle F14 (GSLV F14). GSLVF14 is a three-stage launch vehicle.
• The first stage (GS1) has a solid propellant motor and four earth-storable propellant stages(EPS).
• EPS includes a supporting structure, propellant tanks, and an engine.
• The second stage (GS2) is also an earth-storable propellant stage
• The third stage (GS3) is a cryogenic stage, with propellant loading of liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen (LH2).
• The GSLV-F14 is the 16th flight of the GSLV, and the 10th flight with the indigenous cryo stage.
• INSAT-3DS comprises four payloads, including an Imager, a sounder, a data relay transponder, and a satellite-aided search and rescue transponder.
• INSAT-3DS is designed to enhance meteorological observations, aid in weather forecasting, and improve disaster warning capabilities.
• Fully funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), it follows the lineage of Third Generation Meteorological Satellites from Geostationary Orbit.
• The satellite will monitor land and ocean surfaces, augmenting the services provided by existing INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR satellites.
• India gets weather updates through INSAT-3D & 3DR weather satellites. INSAT 3DR was launched in 2016 as a follow up on INSAT-3D which was launched in 2013.
• It will significantly contribute to Indias weather agencies, facilitating more accurate weather forecasts and better disaster management strategies.
• It will facilitate data collection and dissemination capabilities from the data collection platforms.
• INSAT-3DS will provide satellite-aided search and rescue services, enhancing emergency response capabilities. 

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