ISRO successfully launched India’s sixth navigation satellite of the IRNSS family into orbit.
India is now just one step away from its ambitious indigenous navigation system.
PSLV-XL lifting off with the IRNSS-1F satellite into orbit. ISRO
On Thursday, a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-XL carried the 1,425 kg IRNSS-1F with a roar into the evening sky over Sriharikota at 4 pm.
IRNSS-1F in clean room during its integration. ISRO
The IRNSS, which stands for Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System
, is a family of seven satellites that’ll connect into a network to form India’s own Global Positioning System (GPS).
A chart showing the positions of the already launched satellites. ISRO
The satellite’s life span is 12 years, an Isro official said.
Indians will be able to receive accurate positional information once all satellites are able to form a network in orbit.
IRNSS will provide two types of services – standard positioning service for all users and restricted service, which is an encrypted service only for authorised users.
Each IRNSS satellite costs around Rs.150 crore while the PSLV-XL version rocket costs around Rs.130 crore.
The first of the seven IRNSS satellites was launched on July 1, 2013. The fifth was launched on January 20
, and the last could be launched in orbit by April 2016.