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Mark your calendars, weather enthusiasts! On February 17th, India’s space agency, ISRO, will launch the highly anticipated INSAT-3DS satellite, marking a significant advancement in the country’s weather forecasting capabilities.

This 2,274-kg powerhouse, funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, is a continuation of the Third Generation Meteorological Satellite series, positioned in the geostationary orbit for optimal observation. It joins its operational predecessors, INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR, launched in 2016.

What makes INSAT-3DS special? It’s not just about sharper images. This new satellite will:

  • Fuel cutting-edge products: Its advanced capabilities will enable the development of next-generation weather prediction tools, crucial for tracking cyclones, monsoons, thunderstorms, and other natural disasters.
  • Enhance atmospheric, land, and ocean monitoring: INSAT-3DS will gather even more comprehensive data on these crucial elements, leading to more accurate and detailed weather forecasts.
  • Boost disaster preparedness: With improved prediction and tracking of extreme weather events, authorities can better prepare for and mitigate their impact, saving lives and property.

While INSAT-3DS won’t be deployed on warships or submarines, it will play a vital role in providing essential weather information for various sectors, including agriculture, aviation, and disaster management.

So, the next time you check the weather forecast, remember the crucial role satellites like INSAT-3DS play in keeping you informed and safe. This launch marks a significant step forward in India’s commitment to robust weather prediction and disaster preparedness.