ISRO launched INSAT-3DR, an advanced weather satellite with four payloads, into a precise Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with the help of indigenous developed launch venicle GSLV-F05.
About GSLV- FO5
This is the third consecutive flight of the GSLV Mark II with the indigenous cryogenic engine. GSLV Mark II can lift payloads upto 2500 kgs. ISRO’s next mission is to launch GSLV MK II which can lift payloads around 4000 Kgs.
About INSAT- 3DR
The INSAT-3DR carried four payloads –
1. A multi-spectral Imager: It will generate images of the Earth from a geostationary altitude of 36,000 km every 26 minutes and provide information on parameters such as sea surface temperature, snow cover, cloud motion winds, among others.
2. A Sounder: an instrument which makes a sound
3. Payload to take note of temperature, humidity and integrated ozone across various heights.
4. The fourth was Search and Rescue payload can pick up and relay alert signals originating from the distress beacons of maritime, aviation and land-based users to the Indian Mission Control Centre (INMCC).
Major users of services
The Indian service region will cover a large part of the Indian Ocean and will also include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Tanzania for providing distress alert services.