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ISRO to Use Indigenous Cryogenic Engine to Launch Advanced Weather Satellite

Sputnik News

16:58 07.09.2016(updated 19:00 07.09.2016)

The advanced weather satellite will improve night imaging capabilities and will play an important role in searching for distressed naval vessels.

The countdown begins for the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) advanced INSAT-3DR weather satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. ISRO will launch the satellite using its tenth Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicles on Sept 08, 2016 at 16:10 hrs (Indian Standard Time) from Sriharikota.

The 2211 kg INSAT-3DR will provide a variety of meteorological services to the country such as a better measure of sea surface temperature which will provide monsoon warnings to farmers. INSAT-3DR also includes a search-and-rescue transponder which will have strategic significance as it could pinpoint the location of vessels at sea.

"GSLV-F05 is the flight in which the indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) is being carried on-board for the fourth time during a GSLV flight. GSLV-F05 flight is significant since it is the first operational flight of GSLV carrying CUS," reads an ISRO statement.

ISRO's first attempt launching with a Cryogenic engine for the GSLV was unsuccessful in April 2001. Since then, the ISRO has tested 8 flights using the Cryogenic engine; out of which 5 flew with a Russian engine. The first successful test-flight using the indigenous engine happened in January 2014.


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