Navigation satellite IRNSS-1H launch unsuccessful: ISRO

RSTV Bureau

“PSLVC39/IRNSS1H mission has failed, as heat shield did not open up for the deployment of the satellite,” said ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar.  

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C35.   Photo-PTI

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s PSLV C35.

The maiden launch of India’s first private-sector manufactured satellite, the IRNSS-1H from the launch pad in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh was declared unsuccessful.

“Launch mission has not succeeded. The heat shield has not separated as a result of which satellite is inside the 4th stage. We are getting into the details of what has happened. This has been an unsuccessful mission,” ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar said.

ISRO said that there was no problem in any of the stages, but heat shield did not separate and hence it dint get into the orbit.

The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) that could not succeed was an independent regional system developed by India on par with the US-based GPS, Glonass of Russia, and Galileo developed by Europe.

It was supposed to offer services like terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, the navigation aid for hikers and travelers, visual and voice navigation for drivers, was named ‘NavIC’ (Navigation with Indian Constellation) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.