India sends up its first navigational satellite

In a landmark late night journey into a new era of space application,India on Monday successfully launched

Written by Press Trust Of India | Sriharikota | Published: July 2, 2013 3:54 am

In a landmark late night journey into a new era of space application,India on Monday successfully launched its first dedicated navigation satellite using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle which blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here.

Precisely at 11.41 pm,PSLV C22 lifted off in a perfect textbook launch,carrying IRNSS-1A satellite,painting a dense golden flame in the dark canvas of the sky.

About 20 minutes after its launch,the rocket placed into the IRNSS-1A into its orbit.

An elated ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said the IRNSS-1A satellite was precisely injected into its intended orbit. “This only proves that PSLV is an extremely reliable vehicle and with this flight,we are also entering into a new era of space application in the country that is the beginning of satellite navigation programme.”

The data from the satellite would help the country in a range of fields including disaster management,vehicle tracking,fleet management and marine navigation.

Developed by India,the IRNSS-1A,the first of the 7 satellites constituting the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System,has a mission life of 10 years. It is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary,which is its primary service area.

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