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India to launch navigation satellite on July 1

India: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has replaced a faulty component in the PSLV-C22 rocket and rescheduled the flight of the IRNSS-1A satellite, India’s first regional navigation satellite, on it for 11:43 p.m. on July 1, according to an ISRO official.

The 1450-kg IRNSS-1A was earlier set to be sent up on June 12.

It forms the country’s new and third category of multi-use spacecraft-navigation along with the older communication and remote-sensing (or earth observation) satellites.

It will offer motion and location information over the sub-continent just as the popular US GPS has done across the world for several years.

ISRO says data from the indigenous system will be superior to information coming from GPS.

Source: The Hindu