Indian navigational satellite system suffers temporary setback, three atomic clocks stop working: Report

"Three atomic clocks of IRNSS-1A have stopped working. But the rest of satellite components are functioning perfectly," officials said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2017 2:30 pm
The Rs 1,420 crore Indian satellite navigation system NavIC consists of nine satellites — seven in orbit and two as substitutes. (Image for representation, Source: PTI)

India’s plan to launch its newly operational navigation satellite system, in commercial markets suffered an initial setback, with three atomic clocks of one of its seven satellites not functioning, Times of India has reported. The rubidium clocks, belonging to India’s first navigational satellite IRNSS-1A, were specially imported from Europe and were used to give accurate location data. According to the report by TOI, achieving true positional accuracy becomes a problem without the time signal.

“Three atomic clocks of IRNSS-1A have stopped working. But the rest of satellite components are functioning perfectly. In fact, we are using this satellite for messaging activity. The stopping of these atomic clocks has not affected the overall performance of our navigation system. We are targeting to launch the replacement satellite in July,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman A S Kiran Kumar was quoted by Times of India.

Denying the rumours of more atomic clocks facing malfunctions, Kumar said, “We are set to launch more navigational satellites. They are in the process of approvals and clearances. We are also making efforts to restart the atomic clocks of IRNSS-1A.”

The Rs 1,420-crore Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (operational name NaVIC–Navigation with Indian Constellation) consists of nine satellites, out of which seven are in the orbit while two are currently still on standby. According to news agency IANS, ISRO has launched seven navigation satellites, with each of them having a life span of 10 years. The last one was launched on April 28, 2016.

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  1. L
    Jun 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    Remove all brahmin pigs from all scientific and Research inst i tuitions. First those buggers have no idea how a contraption works. Secondly those dumb s are all appointed by brahmins in Intelligence Bureau(IB) and RAW. Thirdly they are all their relatives and extended relatives. As a consequence those misfits loafer all day at work talking politics and always thinking and acting for their promotion. If his boss refuses promotion they take help from bRAWmins to either force his boss or move him out. They will position themselves as LIAISONs between foreign suppliers, enjoy foreign trips to collect as simple things as drawings(all with help from his extended fatherS in RAW AND IB). Money flows like h e l l from suppliers. They are responsible for all failures. Nothing matters to them, not even lives of people or failure of a country. They will do anything to sustain their a s s. It doesn't matter whether they are from Congress brahmins or BJP brahmins or even Communist brahmins.
    1. V
      Jun 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm
      I can fix them just give me a spacesuit and a rocket.
      1. A
        Jun 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm
        The Modi effect. These chaddi gadhas can't even manage things on their own. Who is in charge of the atomic clocks and satellite? Swami Nityanand? Moron Bhagwat? Ram Gardhav of RSS?
        1. A
          Jun 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm
          A european import malfunctions and you blame BJP ?? You are not only delusional with prejudice but should self expel yourself from India unless you are a Porki pig or a local pig. In any case no one needs you in India.
          1. A
            Jun 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm
            first grade chootiya...