India successfully test fires INSAT-3DR weather satellite

Photo of India's advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR.

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): India today successfully launched INSAT-3DR advanced weather satellite in a copy book style by using its heavy geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-F05) rocket.

The satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Center at 4:50 pm, around 17 minutes after getting lift off the GSLV rocket throws the 2,211 kg satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO), the satellite guided to its final geostationary orbit.

The launch was delayed by 40 minutes as the fueling 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 on Thursday 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 launches.