ISRO’s has successfully launched its sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F on Thursday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Shriharikota.
In a textbook mission, Indian Space Research Organisation’s workhorse PSLV-C32 lifted off from the Space Centre at 4.01 PM and injected the IRNSS-IF in sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
The satellite will offer navigational services on par with the US-based Global Positioning System.
It was sixth in the series of seven satellites. First one was launched in 2013.
“Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C-32 has put the satellite in the right orbit. We have only one more in the constellation to complete the regional navigational system, which we hope to do next month,” a jubilant ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said.
During the 12-year mission life IRNSS-1F will transmit navigation service signals to users, along with the navigation and ranging payload.
Though the IRNSS system has already come into operation with the minimum complement of four satellites, the total of seven satellites would make it more “accurate and efficient”, ISRO officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimented ISRO scientists for the successful launch of India’s latest navigational satellite IRNSS-1F
“Successful launch of IRNSS-1F is an accomplishment we all take immense pride in. I salute the hard work of our scientists and ISRO,” PM tweeted.
Vice President Hamid Ansari has also congratulated ISRO on successful launch of PSLV–C32.
“I offer my congratulations to the Scientists, Engineers and Technicians of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of the of PSLV-C32 carrying IRNSS-1F satellite, the sixth in the seven satellite IRNSS constellation,” said the Vice President.
“The flawless launch has again demonstrated India’s capabilities in the space sector. I wish ISRO all the very best for the future,” he added.
ISRO’s workhorse launch vehicle, PSLV C-32, successfully launched the country’s sixth of the seven navigational satellites, IRNSS-1F, in a precise orbit from the spaceport of Sriharikota today.
India will launch 25 foreign satellites belonging to seven countries this year
Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh said Antrix – the commercial arm of ISRO – has signed agreements with Algeria and Canada for launching three satellites each, four for Germany, one each for Japan and Malaysia and 12 for the USA in 2016-17.
India has launched 57 foreign satellites from 21 countries using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). In the last three years, ISRO launched 28 foreign satellites belonging to 13 countries, with Singapore, the United Kingdom and the USA topping the list. ISRO earned 80 million euros for the launch.