ISRO Missions and Discoveries

INSAT-3DS launch: The Naughty Boy of ISRO


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: INSAT-3DS

Mains level: NA


  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its meteorological satellite INSAT-3DS aboard the spacecraft GSLV F14.

INSAT-3DS: Mission Objectives

  • Continuity of Services: The mission seeks to continue and enhance the services provided by existing operational satellites like INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR.
  • Meteorological Observations: INSAT-3DS will facilitate advanced meteorological observations, land and ocean surface monitoring, and weather forecasting.
  • Disaster Warning: It will play a critical role in disaster warning systems, aiding in timely alerts and response efforts.
  • Satellite-aided Research and Rescue Services (SAR): Additionally, the satellite will support SAR operations, contributing to enhanced search and rescue capabilities.


  • This marks the 16th space mission for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), emphasizing India’s progress in space technology.
  • INSAT-3DS aims to be deployed into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), funded entirely by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, signifying a significant step in India’s space advancements.
  • After around 18 minutes of launch, the satellite will be injected in a 36,647 km x 170 km elliptical orbit.

Why called as Naughty Boy?

  • Failure: GSLV F14 has faced challenges in the past, earning the moniker “naughty boy” within the Indian space programme due to its history of encountering problems.
  • Probability: With a failure rate of 40%, GSLV F14 has experienced issues in six out of its fifteen missions to date.

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