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India launches third navigation satellite IRNSS-1C

India launching navigation satellite. File Pic
India launching navigation satellite. File Pic

Taking further stride in space technology, India  on Thursday successfully launched third navigation satellite from the spaceport in Southern India.

New Delhi, Oct 16/Nationalturk – India on Thursday successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), on board ISRO’s PSLV C26 rocket from the spaceport.

India’s ISRO`s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C26, successfully launched IRNSS-1C in the early morning hours  from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Southern India. This is the 27th consecutively successful mission of PSLV.

According to official statement,  `XL`configuration of PSLV was used for the mission. Previously, the same configuration of the vehicle was successfully used six times.

“After the lift-off of PSLV-C26 with the ignition of the first stage, the important flight events — stage and strap-on ignitions, heat-shield separation, stage and strap-on separations and satellite injection —  took place as planned. After a flight of about 20 minutes 18 seconds,

IRNSS-IC Satellite weighs 1425 kgs

IRNSS-1C Satellite, weighing 1425 kgs, was injected to an elliptical orbit of 282.56 km X 20,670 km, which is very close to the intended orbit,” the statement said.

It said after injection, the solar panels of IRNSS-1C were deployed automatically.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO`s) Master Control Facility  at Hassan, Karnataka in Southern India  assumed the control of the satellite.

“In the coming days, four orbit manoeuvres will be conducted from Master Control Facility to position the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit at 83 deg East longitude,” the statement said.

IRNSS-1C is the third of the seven satellites constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.

IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B, the first two satellites of the constellation, were successfully launched by PSLV on July 2, 2013 and April 4, 2014 respectively. Both IRNSS-1A and 1B are functioning satisfactorily from their designated geosynchronous orbital positions.

IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland.

IRNSS would provide two types of services, namely, Standard Positioning Services (SPS) – provided to all users – and Restricted Services (RS), provided to authorised users.

According to official statement, in the coming months, the next satellite of this constellation, namely, IRNSS-1D, is scheduled to be launched by PSLV. The entire IRNSS constellation of seven satellites is planned to be completed by 2015.

Scientists felicitated

Indian Prime Minister  Narendra Modi, has congratulated scientists for the successful launch of the navigation satellite “IRNSS 1C”

“Congrats to the scientists at ISRO for the successful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS 1C. It is a matter of immense pride and joy,” the Prime Minister said.

“India has successfully launched IRNSS 1C. The entire ISRO team deserves congratulations”, ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said after the launch.

He thanked the entire team that worked behind for the successful launch.

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