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ISRO geared up for launch of its Sixth Satellite

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The Indian Space Research Organization is geared up towards launching its Sixth Navigation Satellite today.

Flash points

  • The sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F will be launched by the PSLV C-32 at 4 pm todayISRO geared up for launch of its Sixth Satellite
  • The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C32, on its 34th mission, would launch the IRNSS-1F from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota
  • The 54-and-half hour countdown began on Wednesday after the Mission Readiness Review Committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave their clearance
  • The satellite is aimed at providing navigation services on par with the US-based Global Positioning System
  • The space agency had launched five navigation satellites before, under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)
  • The four satellites launched previously provide navigation for 18 hours whereas after the fifth launch it was increased to 24 hours with accuracy of 20 metres
  • The sixth and seventh launch will further increase the efficiency
  • The seventh satellite is planned to be launched at the month end
  • For IRNSS-1F Satellite, Scientists have used XL variant which provides capacity to carry load
  • This XL technology was previously used in Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission and ASTROSAT apart from the five IRNSS satellites

Points to note

The five satellites already launched under IRNSS are

  1. IRNSS-1A on July 1, 2013
  2. IRNSS-1B on April 4, 2014
  3. IRNSS-1C on October 16, 2014
  4. IRNSS-1D on March 28, 2015
  5. IRNSS-1E on January 20, 2016