The first orbit raising operation of latest navigation satellite IRNSS-1D has been successfully completed on 29th March 2015.
“First orbit raising operation of IRNSS-1D is successfully completed by firing the Apogee motor at 17.28 hours on March 29, 2015,” ISRO said on its website.
“India today successfully placed its navigation satellite in orbit – a big achievement for the country,” said Dr Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO.
Points to Remember:
- ISRO successfully launched the IRNSS-1D, the fourth in the series of seven navigation satellites on board its workhorse PSLV-C27 from the spaceport of Sriharikota.
- ISRO has planned to launch the remaining three navigation satellites IRNSS-1E, 1F and 1G before the end of the next financial year.
- IRNSS-1D which will provide navigation, tracking and mapping service and has a mission life of 10 years.
- With the successful launch, the Indian space agency says very soon India’s own ‘GPS’ system will become operational.
- This navigation system has an accuracy of less than 20 meters, which is comparable to the best in the world.