PSLV C 41 paves way to India's own GPS in orbit

Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO launched its navigation satellite IRNS-1l from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota today at 4.04 am Indian standard time.The satellite was put into orbit 19 minutes 19 seconds after the lift-off, as the replacement satellite for IRNSS- 1A in the second attempt.

The satellite IRNSS-1l has been placed geosynchronous orbit at a fixed location and will travel along the earth at a height of 36,000 kilometers.

Nav1C or Navigation with Indian constellation weighing 1,425 kilograms, the Indian GPS was carried and put into orbit by PSLV-C 41.

Nav 1C at a cost of Rs.1,420 crores has nine satellites, seven in the orbit and two standby which will cover an area of 1500 kilometers provides accurate position information service to users across the country.

"I am extremely happy to announce that the PSLV has precisely injected the navigation satellite in the targetted orbit," says K.Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation.

He also added that the ISRO would be launching nine more satellites during this year including the most important Moon-mission.




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