India is all set to set another achievement under the dynamic administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian Space Research Organization has made all the preparations regarding the launch of India’s very own weather satellite INSAT-3DR. This process is being carried out at Sriharikota district in Andhra Pradesh and the lauch is being scheduled next month on August 28, 2016. This weather satellite is a geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle as specified by the officials on Friday, August 29, 2016. “The weather satellite INSAT-3DR will be put into orbit by a GSLV rocket August end. Preparations for the launch are going on,” P. Kunhi Krishnan, Director of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC).
It is to be noted that India’s rocket port is located in SDSC in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and as per a senior official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the satellite is yet to reach the rocket port. Normally, the satellites which are to be launched, reach the rocket port couple of weeks before the launch but INSAT-3DR is yet to reach the rocket port.
“With improved shock absorbing aspects during the transit, nowadays Indian satellites are first sent to filling of fuel and then to the clean room. We have avoided one testing stage of the satellite and thereby cutting down the launch time,” as stated by a senior ISRO official. “However foreign satellites that ISRO launches with its PSLV rockets will be tested in full without skipping even the first clean room,” he added.
In the month of September 2016, ISRO is also planning to launch ScatSat — a weather monitoring and forecasting satellite — with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). It is to be noted that the Indian satellite will be a co-passenger to one of the Algerian satellite.
According to the scientists, both of these satellites will be put into two different orbits. So, it is outlined that the fourth stage/engine of the rocket will be switched off after ejecting ScatSat first. After that, there will be a gap of around 30 minutes. In this gap the engine will switch on so that the Algerian satellite can be put into its intended orbit. It is a matter of pride that India is launching 2 satellites continuously one after the other. It would help us in getting more accurate and to the point weather reports.