India to launch indigenous regional navigation satellite on April 04

India to launch indigenous regional navigation satellite on April 04

Bangalore (ISJ): India?s second regional navigation satellite system (IRNSS-1B) will be launched on April 04 from the Satish Dhavan Space Centre at Sriharikota on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C24). This will be the twenty sixth flight of PSLV-C24, including Chadrayaan-1, GSAT-12, and Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Spacecraft mission.

IRNSS-1B is the second in a series of seven navigational satellites. This indigenous satellite will reduce India?s dependence on GPS used by the United States and the Russian GLONASS.

It will provide Standard Positioning Service (SPS) to all users and Restricted Service to authorised users. The satellite is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India and in the region extending upto 1500 kms. Its application will be in the areas of terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, integration with mobile phones, precise timing, mapping and geodetic data capture, terrestrial navigation aid for hikers and travellers, visual and voice navigation for drivers.

IRNSS comprises of a space segment and a ground segment ? seven satellites, three in geostationary orbit and four in inclined geosynchronous orbit, in the space segment. The ground segment handles navigation parameter generation and transmission, satellite control, ranging and integrity monitoring and time keeping.

The spacecraft with a lift-off mass of 1432 kgs, will have a mission life of 10 years. It will be powered by two solar panels and a Lithium-ion battery and the propulsion system consists of a Liquid Apogee Motor and thrusters.

The satellite will be launched into a sub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub GTO) with a 284 km perigee (nearest point to Earth) and 20,652 kms of apogee (farthest point from the Earth) with an inclination of 19.2 degree to equatorial plane.

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