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August 29 – September 4, 2016 / Vol 35, No 35 / Hawai`i Island, USA

26 Aug 2016, 20:28 UTC
August 29 – September 4, 2016 / Vol 35, No 35 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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India GSLV Launch of Insat 3DR Satellite Sees Rocket Enter Full-Service

The India Space Research Organization is set to launch a GSLV Mark II on the F05 mission from Satish Dhawan Space Center carrying the India National Satellite 3D Repeat geostationary weather satellite on September 10 (reset from Aug 28). It is hoped to be the 3rd straight success for the medium-lift Geostationary Satellite Launch System, with its indigenously-built cryogenic 3rd stage engine representing a considerable technological achievement and culminating 20 years of rocketry development for one of the six major spacefaring powers. The GSLV Mark II system is essential for a number of primary aspirations of ISRO, including the 2017 Chandrayaan-2 Moon landing mission and future Human Spaceflight development. If it can match the reliability and commercial success of the smaller PSLV rocket series that has proven to be a workhorse of the India space age it could significantly broaden the market for affordable access to space worldwide. Insat 3DR is the 6th flight unit of the Insat-3 series of meteorological satellites and is intended for 35,786-km Geostationary orbit at longitude 74° E to provide data from a 6-channel imager and 19-channel sounder. It will be operated by the ...

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