ISRO successfully launches IRNSS-1I navigation satellite from Sriharikota


A total of 14 days after ISRO's failed space attempt when its satellite was lost to a systems failure, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying IRNSS-1I satellite on Thursday morning from Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.

PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I Mission blasted off at 4:04 am from the first launchpad at the Sathish Dhawan Space Centre. Sivan also said that industry participation when it came to satellite manufacturing was enhanced, with ISRO "slowly moving towards both the vehicle and the satellite going through the [private] industry".

In July 2016, all three atomic clocks on the very first satellite, IRNSS-1A failed. It is the latest addition to the 'Navigation with Indian Constellation (NAVIC)', a group of satellites orbiting above India that will serve as a domestic version of the American government-owned Global Positioning System.

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IRNSS-1H was ISRO's first backup satellite, launched in August 2017 with the intention of replacing IRNSS-1A.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan congratulated the scientists and said that IRNSS-1I was successfully precisely placed in the designated orbit. The configuration of IRNSS-1I is similar to IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F and 1G. The satellite remained inside the nose shroud after the rocket reached a lower-than-planned orbit. It will provide navigation, the time stamp of people and objects as well as provide accurate information about the position as well.

After facing a major setback as the it was untraceable for close to a week, the scientists have finally traced the satellite and its orbit thereby reviving a hope of re-establishing communication with the satellite. NavIC, also known as Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), is an independent regional navigation satellite system created to provide position information in the Indian region and 1,500 km around the Indian mainland.

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Till now, PSLV has successfully launched 52 Indian satellites and 237 customer satellites from overseas.

"We have a lot more missions on the anvil".

The IRNSS-1I mission will take place two weeks after the space agency launched GSAT-6A on board GSLV Mk-II. The ISRO chairman further added saying that the space agency will be making high throughput satellites that weigh less but give the output of a heavier satellite.

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Responding to a question on the reported funds crunch, Sivan said: "There is no funds crunch".