Lift off. Photo credit: ISRO
Fully integrated PSLV-C32 with IRNSS-1F being moved out of Vehicle assembly building. Photo credit: ISRO
IRNSS-1F spacecraft in clean room at SHAR. Photo credit: ISRO
IRNSS-1F in clean room during its integration. Photo credit: ISRO
IRNSS-1F being readied for vibration test. Photo credit: ISRO
IRNSS-1F being loaded into thermo-vacuum chamber. Photo credit: ISRO
Ingeration of 3rd & 4th stage of PSLV-C32. Photo credit: ISRO
IRNSS-1F in clean room during its integration. Photo Credit: ISRO
Hoisting of PSLV-C32 second stage during vehicle integration. Photo credit: ISRO
In pictures: India's quest at developing an alternative to GPS
India successfully launched the IRNSS 1F satellite from Sriharikota on Thursday. The IRNSS 1F is the sixth and penultimate of the seven satellite constellation that India is developing as an alternative to GPS.
The IRNSS-1F rode into space on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) developed by India. "PSLV C-32 has put the satellite into the right orbit. We have only one more in the constellation to complete the regional navigational system, which we hope to do next month," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman AS Kiran Kumar told the PTI after the launch.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the ISRO team from his personal twitter handle. "Successful launch of IRNSS-1F is an accomplishment we all take immense pride in. I salute the hard work of our scientists and ISRO."
The first satellite in the series was launched in July 2013, followed by another one in April, 2014 and the third in October the same year. The IRNSS system is designed to provide location accuracy better than 10 metres.
Once it becomes fully operational, the IRNSS would be used to provide terrestrial and marine navigation, help in disaster management operations, and offer voice and visual navigation services. The IRNSS 1F, besides having the navigation and ranging payload, is also carrying a Rubidium atomic clock, which will transmit navigation service signals to users.
Text by Priyata Brajabasi
Edited by Cyril Sam
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