ISRO makes successful launch of IRNSS-1I navigation satellite

despite GSAT-61 setback days ago

Despite setback of the GSAT-6A satellite, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday went ahead and launched the IRNSS-1I navigation satellite from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

This the eighth such satellite to be a part of a constellation.

As per reports, the PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I mission blasted off at 4.04am from the first launchpad at the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre.

It is said that the PSLV injected the satellite into orbit 19 minutes after lift-off from the space centre here.

The 1,425-kg satellite made by Bengaluru-headquartered Alpha Design Technologies in collaboration with ISRO is the second satellite to be actively built by the private industry.

It is said that the first IRNSS-1H could not be put into space because of its failure in August last year.

ISRO chairman K. Sivan described the mission as a success and congratulated scientists.

The satellite will serve both military and civilian needs.

The satellite will broadcast highly-accurate timing signals that a receiver can use to triangulate its location.

The launch is ISRO’s second attempt at sending a replacement satellite.

The IRNSS-1I mission takes place two weeks after the space agency launched GSAT-6A on board GSLV Mk-II.

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