Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be launching its advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR on Thursday at 4.10 pm.

The launch is scheduled to take place from the second launch pad at Sriharikota spaceport, about 110 km from Chennai. The lift-off will be telecasted live on Doordarshan and the entire process is expected to complete in 17 minutes.

The GSLV-F05 launch will be the tenth flight of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle.

In this flight, GSLV will launch 2211 kg INSAT-3DR, an advanced weather satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). After reaching GTO, INSAT-3DR will use its own propulsion system to reach its final geosynchronous orbital home and will be stationed at 74 deg East longitude. GSLV is designed to inject 2 – 2.5 ton class of satellites into GTO.

The INSAT-3DR is going to be very useful for the Indian meteorological department and will join the operational Search and Rescue service provided by INSAT-3D to various users, including Coast Guard, Airport Authority of India, Shipping and Defense Services.

(With inputs from ISRO)