Isro successfully launches INRSS-1I navigation satellite

Isro successfully launches INRSS-1I navigation satellite

ISRO Chairman made the remark while he was speaking to reporters in Sriharikota after the successful launch of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1I, a part of the NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) series, earlier on Thursday.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has thus successfully replaced India's first navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1A, whose 3 Rubidium atomic clocks had stopped functioning two years ago, with the IRNSS-1I. "One is busy restoring the link with GSAT-6A and the other in preparation of the launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1I on Thursday". The launch is ISRO's second attempt at sending a replacement satellite.

As aforementioned, this is the 9th launch in the IRNSS fleet, however, it is the 8th satellite in the constellation after its newly launched IRNSS-1H back in August developed problems and finally, it resulted in losing it after all.

Last month on March 29, India's premier space agency had successfully placed into orbit its latest communication satellite GSAT-6A launched on board its geosynchronous rocket GSLV-F08 from the Sriharikota spaceport.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan congratulated the scientists and said that IRNSS-1I was successfully precisely placed in the designated orbit.

After separation, the solar panels of IRNSS-1I have deployed automatically. It will provide navigation, the time stamp of people and objects as well as provide accurate information about the position as well. Like its other IRNSS predecessors, IRNSS-1L also carries two types of payloads for navigation and ranging.

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The NavIC constellation is really going to create history and make innovative applications to the entire community in the ocean-based services especially for the underserved and unserved, Sivan said.

However, the launch of the satellite was held in four stages and the total time taken for the rocket to put the satellite into the intended orbit was 19 minutes. The satellite launched is meant for both civilian and military uses.

On the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) being critical of NavIC still not being fully operational, after more than 10 years of its launch, he said with the launch of IRNSS-1I, the system was now put in place and the applications would have to be rolled out.

The very heavy 5.7-tonne GSAT-11 high-throughput or broadband satellite is getting ready here for launch on a European rocket.

This new launch comes after when, ISRO is scrambled in explaining the failure of the previous GSAT 6A satellite.