INSAT-3DS Launch Today: Why is GSLV-F14 Rocket Called the ‘Naughty Boy’ of ISRO?

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch the INSAT-3DS satellite aboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) today, February 16, 2024, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. However, the GSLV-F14 rocket, which will carry the satellite, has earned the nickname “naughty boy” within ISRO due to its history of underperformance.

Out of the 15 flights of the GSLV, six have encountered issues, resulting in a failure rate of 40%. In contrast, ISRO’s heavier counterpart, the Launch Vehicle Mark-3 or ‘Bahubali rocket,’ has a flawless track record.

Despite its notorious reputation, the GSLV-F14 rocket will launch the INSAT-3DS satellite, a crucial component in bolstering India’s weather and climate monitoring services. The INSAT-3DS satellite has a mission life of 10 years and weighs 2,274 kg. It will provide advanced weather observations of both land and ocean surfaces, helping in short-range forecasts of extreme weather events, providing visibility estimation for aviation, and studying forest fires, smoke, snow cover, and climate studies.

ISRO has faced criticism for the GSLV’s underperformance, but the organization remains committed to ensuring the success of the INSAT-3DS launch. The GSLV-F14 rocket will lift off from Sriharikota at 5:35 pm on Saturday, with the INSAT-3DS satellite expected to be injected into a 36,647 km x 170 km elliptical orbit around 18 minutes after liftoff.

While the GSLV-F14 rocket has earned a reputation as the “naughty boy” of ISRO, the successful launch of the INSAT-3DS satellite will be a significant achievement for the organization and a vital step forward in enhancing India’s weather and climate monitoring capabilities – The Blaze Times

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