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India Joins Select Club With IRNSS-1A Launch

PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
JULY 02, 2013

   
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As the clock was about to strike 12 midnight, India’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off in a perfect launch at 11.41 pm last night carrying the indigenous IRNSS-1A from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.


 

 

The successful launch of IRNSS-1A satellite by ISRO is an important milestone in the development of India’s space programme. With this launch, India has entered a new era in space applications with its first dedicated navigation satellite put into orbit by its polar rocket PSLV that will give the country an alternative to GPS.

 

 


The IRNSS-1A satellite is the first in a series which will give India its own space-based navigator system. Made up of a space segment and a ground segment, IRNSS has three satellites in the geostationary orbit and four satellites in inclined geosynchronous orbit and is to be completed before 2015.




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