Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh):India successfully launched its INSAT-3DR
advanced weather satellite in copy-book style on Thursday, 8th
September, 2016 evening using its heavy geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle
Around 17 minutes after lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space
Centre here at 4.50 p.m., the GSLV rocket slung the 2,211 kg satellite into a
geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO), from where it would be guided to its final
geostationary orbit. The launch was delayed by 40 minutes as the fuelling of
the third stage of the rocket took longer than expected.
With the launch of INSAT-3DR, the Indian space agency has
successfully launched three satellites weighing over two tonnes of the six
satellites weighing over two tonnes it had flown in a GSLV rocket.
The successful flight of the GSLV rocket gives the Indian space
programme a much-needed boost as getting the third stage cryogenic engine right
is important for its future space programmes as well as for commercial
Indian space scientists have spent around two decades and around
Rs 500 crore ($75 million)in conceiving and developing the cryogenic
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists at the
mission control centre were visibly happy. They slapped each other on the back
and hugged each other once the rocket ejected the satellite, which can also aid
in search and rescue (SAR) missions, into its intended orbit.