India: India has successfully launched its latest navigational satellite IRNSS 1-B on PSLV C24.The 58 hrs and 30 minutes countdown of PSLV-C24/IRNSS-1B mission commenced on 2 April at 06:44 hrs (IST).
India is expected to have its own satellite navigation system by the first quarter of 2015 with four of its satellites in space. India’s latest navigational satellite IRNSS 1-B was launched on board PSLV C-24 rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on 4 April.
Above: Panoramic view of PSLV-C24 on the First Launch Pad with Mobile Service Tower at a distance
IRNSS 1-B is the second of seven satellites planned for Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS), whose applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management.
The IRNSS-1B satellite with a design life span of 10 years will be part of the seven-satellite
The navigational system, developed by India, is designed to provide accurate position information service to users within the country and up to 1,500 km from the nation's boundary line.
The system is similar to the global positioning system of the US, Glonass of Russia, Galileo of Europe, China's Beidou or the Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System. The system will be used for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, integration with mobile phones, mapping and geodetic data capture and others.
ISRO had launched IRNSS 1-A, the first in the series, on 1 July last year onboard its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-22. An XL version of PSLV C-24 will be used for the launch. This is the sixth time that an XL version will be flown.
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