All preparations have been made for the launch of ISRO's multipurpose satellite, INSAT-3A, on board the 160th
flight of Ariane from Kourou, French Guyana. The launch window for the 160th
flight of Ariane, carrying INSAT-3A and its co-passenger, GALAXY-XII of US, is
fixed between 04.19 am and 05.00 am IST on April 9, 2003 (22:49 pm to 23:30 pm
GMT on April 8, 2003).
The Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka will take control of
INSAT-3A as soon as it is launched into Geosynchronous Tranfer Orbit.
INSAT-3A is a multipurpose satellite for providing telecommunication, television
broadcasting, meteorology and satellite aided search and rescue services. It
carries 12 C-band, 6 upper extended C-band, 6 Ku-band and one search and rescue
transponders. The meteorological instruments consist of Very High Resolution
Radiometer, a Charge Coupled Device (CCD) camera and a data relay transponder.
The Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka will take ontrol of
INSAT-3A soon after its injection into Geosynchronous Tranfer Orbit. In the
following days, operations like orbit raising manoeuvres to take the satellite
into the final Geostationary Orbit, deployment of solar arrays, antennas and
solar sail, 3-axes stabilisation, etc., will be conducted from MCF. The MCF
will also carry out regular operations and control of the satellite during its
Live Telecast: The launch of INSAT-3A from Kourou will be telecast live by
Doordarshan (DD-1) from 3.59 am (IST) on April 9, 2003.