For the IRNSS-1F launch, scientists have used the “XL” variant used in previous launches of IRNSS satellites, given its capacity to carry load.
- Indian space agency ISRO to launch sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F
- The satellite aims at providing navigation at par with US’ GPS
- The satellite will be launched today at 1600 hours from Sriharikota
Indian Space agency ISRO’s sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F is all set to be launched on board trusted workhorse PSLV C32 today at 4 pm.
The 54-and-half hour countdown began Tuesday soon after the Mission Readiness Review Committee and Launch Authorisation Board cleared it and currently, it was “progressing normal”, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials said.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C32 on its 34th mission would launch the IRNSS-1F, aimed at providing navigation accurately on par with the US-based Global Positioning System, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at the spaceport of Sriharikota about 110 km from Chenai.
Indian Space Research Organisation to provide independent regional navigation satellite system on par with GPS, had launched five navigation satellites under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
While four satellites would be sufficient to start operations of the IRNSS system, the remaining three would make it more “accurate and efficient”, an ISRO official said.
“With the launch of four satellites, we were able to provide navigation for 18 hours. But after fifth launch we increased the capacity to 24 hours with an accuracy of 20 metres. The sixth IRNSS-1F and seventh launch (IRNSS-1G) will be accurate and more efficient,” said an ISRO official.