India to launch first navigational satellite in June

by Staff Reporter | March 17th, 2013

The first satellite of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System constellation, IRNSS-1, will be launched by PSLV-C22, says ISRO Chairman, K. Radhakrishnan.

India plans to launch its first navigational satellite in June, a top official of the Department of Space (DoS) stated as reported by PTI.

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 1500 km around the country

The first Satellite of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation, IRNSS-1 will be launched by PSLV-C22, said DoS Secretary and Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Radhakrishnan. 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 1500 km around the country.

“It is designed to provide an accurate real time Position, Navigation and Time (PNT) services to users on a variety of platforms with 24×7 service availability under all weather conditions,” an ISRO official said.

IRNSS provides two basic services — standard positioning service for common civilian users and restricted service for special authorised users, the official said.

“We are planning for June launch,” Radhakrishnan told reporters after addressing a symposium on ‘Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS) Series: A Saga of 25 years’.

IRNSS-1 would be tested in orbit for three-four months once it’s launched, he said. ISRO has planned to have a constellation of seven satellites under IRNSS.

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

These include the 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.

 

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