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Navigational supremacy: How ISRO’s launch of IRNSS puts it in league with US and China

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Indian Space Research Organization successfully launched IRNSS-1D into orbit today using its own rocket.

The 1,425 Kg satellite was launched at 5:19 pm with the help of 44 meters tall, 320 tones heavy Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle – (PSLV-C27).

The success of IRNSS has brought India very close to joining the group of very few nations with their own navigational satellite system.

The navigational system will give a strong boost to India’s defence capabilities. It will also help the country in mineral exploration and navigation.

IRNSS is similar to (GPS) of the US (24 satellites), Glonass of Russia (24 satellites) and Galileo of Europe (27 satellites), China’s Beidou (35 satellites).

Launched from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, the satellite is controlled by the Mission Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka.

The President of India,  Pranab Mukherjee also congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of PSLV-C27.

In a message to  AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO, the President said, “My heartiest congratulations to you and your entire team at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of PSLV-C27, carrying the IRNSS-1D. I am very happy to know that this is the fourth in the series of seven satellites of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. I understand the IRNSS-1D will provide navigation, tracking and mapping services which will take us closer to setting up our own navigation system. ”

The nation is proud of this achievement which has demonstrated, yet again, India’s increasing space capabilities, President added.

 

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India’s PSLV Along With 2 British Satellites Launched Successfully

Two satellites aboard the PSLV belong to Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd (SSTL), UK, and is carried under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corp Ltd - the commercial arm of ISRO.

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Indian rocket lifts off with two earth observation satellites from UK
Indian rocket lifts off with two earth observation satellites from UK. Flickr

Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off successfully with two British satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4, from the rocket port here on Sunday night.

The PSLV-CA (Core Alone) version, standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 230.4 tonnes, with thick orange flame at its tail lighting up the night skies rose up at 10.08 p.m. from the first launch pad.

The rocketport here has two launch pads.

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Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle  lifts off with two British satellites NovaSAR and S1-4, as seen from Chennai. IANS

According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), after 17 minutes, 44 seconds following the PSLV lift-off, the two earth observation satellites will be launched into a 583 km sun synchronous orbit.

NovaSAR weighing 445 kg is a S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring.

 

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Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle  lifts off with two British satellites NovaSAR and S1-4, as seen from Chennai on Sept 16. IANS

S1-4 weighing 444 kg is a high resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for disaster monitoring.

 

Also Read: ISRO Expects to Fly Its First Small Rocket Sometime Next Year

Two satellites aboard the PSLV belong to Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd (SSTL), UK, and is carried under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corp Ltd – the commercial arm of ISRO. (IANS)