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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