We Now Have Our Own GPS; ISRO Launches Its Seventh And Final IRNSS Navigation Satellite

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4:42 pm 28 Apr, 2016


Taking another historic step the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on April 28 launched the seventh and final navigation satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) from Andhra Pradesh’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC).

 

The countdown for the launch had begun on April 26 for the launch after 51:30 hours which finished today afternoon at 12:50 p.m.

 

The IRNSS-1G was on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket — PSLV-C33.

The lift off mass of IRNSS-1G is 1425 kg and carries two types of payloads on it – the navigation payload and ranging payload.

 

Panaromic view of Fully integrated PSLV-c31 with IRNSS-1E at Second Launch Pad ISRO

Panaromic view of Fully integrated PSLV-c31 with IRNSS-1E at Second Launch Pad ISRO

With launch of this seventh satellite, India’s Space Segment is now complete and has put our regional navigation system on par with United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS) that provides location and time details accurately to everyone around the world.

Though unlike GPS, this is set to provide accurate location and time to Standard Positioning Service (SPS) users in India.

 

Representational Image ISRO

ISRO


These satellites will monitor the geographical boundary within India and a little beyond that.

Soon after the final launch, Prime Minister Modi sent out a series of tweets congratulating ISRO for this achievement.

 

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