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ISRO’s new mission: ‘naughty boy’ to be launched today

Pramod Bhue

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Bhubaneswar (RF Bureau) : Bad weather forecast for India will now be easier. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is going to launch its accurate weather satellite INSAT-3DS today. For this, the space agency is going to use a rocket named ‘Naughty Boy’. This rocket is known as GSLV.

GSLV-F14 will be launched today at 5.35 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, ISRO said. It will be deployed into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) approximately 20 minutes after launch. This will be the rocket’s 16th mission overall and its 10th flight using the indigenously developed cryogenic engine.

It is worth noting that this INSAT-3DS satellite to be installed in space is the new mission of the third generation meteorological satellite. It is fully funded by the Ministry of Geosciences The weight of ‘Naughty Boy’ is 2274 kg Once operational, the satellite will serve various departments under the Department of Earth Sciences. Meteorological Department (IMD), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Weather Forecast Center and Indian National Centre.

The 51.7 meter long rocket will carry imager payload, sounder payload, data relay transponder and satellite assisted search and rescue transponder. It will be used to study clouds, fog, rain, snow and its depth, fire, smoke, land and ocean.

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