India to launch first navigational satellite in June!

March 16, 2013 18:31
India to launch first navigational satellite in June!

According to a top official of the Department of Space (DoS) said on Saturday that India plans to launch its first navigational satellite in June.

Moreover, DoS Secretary and Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Radhakrishnan it is the first Satellite of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation, IRNSS-1 will be launched by PSLV-C22.

To move forward...

According to ISRO officials, IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system, designed to provide position accuracy of better than 10 metres over India and the region extending about 1,500 km around the country. In fact, an ISRO official said it is designed to provide an accurate real time Position, Navigation and Time (PNT) services to users on a variety of platforms with 24x7 service availability under all weather conditions while he also added that IRNSS provides two basic services standard positioning service for common civilian users and restricted service for special authorised users.

Whats more in plan...

Mr. Radhakrishnan after addressing a symposium on 'Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS) Series: A Saga of 25 years' said that they  are planning for June launch.

He also says that IRNSS-1 would be tested in orbit for three-four months once it's launched. ISRO has planned to have a constellation of seven satellites under IRNSS.

Radhakrishnan while speaking at the event, marking the 25th anniversary of the launch of India’s first operational Remote Sensing Satellite IRS-1A said that India has planned 12 missions (both launch vehicles and satellites put together) in the next one year.

To say more, these include the Rs450 crore Mars orbiter mission in October-November aimed at demonstrating India’s technological capability to reach Martian orbit and paving the way for future scientific exploratory missions, and GSLV-Mk III experimental venture and that the GSLV-Mk III is conceived and designed to make ISRO fully self-reliant in launching heavier communication satellites of INSAT-4 class, which weigh 4500 kg to 5000 kg.

It,s going to be another gigantic addition to India’s prosperity in terms of space science!

(AW:Samrat Biswas)

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