In yet another feather in the cap for ISRO, it successfully placed in orbit its navigation satellite IRNSS-1I. The purpose of the satellite is to create India’s own navigation system which would be quite similar to the US’ GPS or Global Positioning System.
ISRO says that the IRNSS can provide “accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary
The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1I was launched successfully from Sriharikota early this morning. The successful launch coming within two weeks of the launch of GSAT-6A satellite, with whom ISRO had lost communication within two days.
The IRNSS-1I launched by PSLV-C41 was successfully placed in the designated orbit. This is the 43rd flight by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and the satellite is the eighth in to join the NavIC or Navigation with Indian Constellation. PSLV, injected the satellite into orbit 19 minutes after lift-off
The 1,425-kg satellite made by Bengaluru-based Alpha Design Technologies, in collaboration with ISRO, is the second satellite to be actively built by the private industry.
The first, IRNSS-1H, could not be put into space because of its failure in August last year. ISRO Chairman K Sivan described the mission as a success and congratulated scientists.
“I am confident that the NavIC constellation will serve the underprivileged and unserved for years to come. I am really grateful to the entire ISRO family for having worked this hard and making IRNSS-1I a success,” Sivan said.
Serving both military and civilian needs, the regional navigation satellite system, also called NavIC, will broadcast highly-accurate timing signals that a receiver can use to triangulate its location.
(With inputs from Agencies)