India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) is gearing up for its 16th mission, with the GSLV-F14 set to deploy the INSAT-3DS meteorological satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). Scheduled for liftoff on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 17:30 Hrs. IST from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC-SHAR) in Sriharikota, this mission marks a significant step forward in India’s space exploration endeavors.
The GSLV-F14, standing at an impressive 51.7 meters tall with a liftoff mass of 420 tonnes, boasts a three-stage configuration. The first stage, comprised of a solid propellant motor and four liquid propellant strapons, propels the vehicle into the atmosphere. The second stage, also utilizing liquid propellant, continues the journey towards orbit. The third stage, equipped with cryogenic propulsion technology, ensures precise positioning of the payload.
Leading the mission is the INSAT-3DS satellite, a crucial component funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). Designed to enhance meteorological observations and monitor both land and ocean surfaces, INSAT-3DS will play a pivotal role in weather forecasting and disaster management. This satellite, a successor to the INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR missions, underscores India’s commitment to leveraging space technology for societal benefits.
A collaborative effort involving various departments within the MoES, including the India Meteorology Department (IMD), National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), and Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), among others, highlights the interdisciplinary approach to space exploration and data utilization.
The mission’s primary objectives encompass a wide array of tasks, ranging from surface monitoring and oceanic observations to data collection and dissemination. Additionally, the satellite will bolster search and rescue capabilities through satellite-aided services.
With GSLV-F14 poised for launch, anticipation runs high for the successful deployment of INSAT-3DS into orbit. As India continues to make strides in space technology, this mission heralds a new era of enhanced meteorological services and disaster preparedness. Stay tuned for live coverage of the GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS launch as India reaches for the stars in its pursuit of scientific excellence.