India is set to launch its next-generation meteorological satellite, INSAT-3DS, on Saturday, February 17th, 2024, at 5:30 PM IST. This mission, designated GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS, marks the 16th flight of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and aims to place the satellite in a geostationary orbit.

INSAT-3DS is a significant upgrade over its predecessors, offering enhanced capabilities for weather forecasting and disaster warning. This follow-on mission of the Third Generation Meteorological Satellite will provide:

  • Improved observations of Earth’s surface and oceans:¬†INSAT-3DS will monitor various spectral channels crucial for weather prediction, enabling better understanding of environmental conditions.
  • Detailed atmospheric data: The satellite will provide vertical profiles of key meteorological parameters, aiding in accurate weather forecasting.
  • Data collection and dissemination: INSAT-3DS will relay data from Data Collection Platforms (DCPs), expanding weather monitoring capabilities.
  • Satellite-aided search and rescue: The satellite will be equipped to assist in search and rescue operations, enhancing emergency response efforts.

This mission is fully funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and underscores India’s commitment to strengthening its meteorological infrastructure. The data collected by INSAT-3DS will be used by various MoES departments like the India Meteorology Department (IMD), National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) to improve weather services and disaster preparedness.

The launch of INSAT-3DS is a major step forward for India’s space program and will significantly enhance its ability to monitor and predict weather events, ultimately benefiting millions of citizens.