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India launches fifth regional navigation satellite IRNSS-1E

The Indian Space Research Organization has successfully launched the fifth satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The launch took place from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, on schedule, at 09:31 local time (04:01 UTC).

IRNSS-1E was launched by PSLV-C30; the thirty-third flight of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and overall India’s fiftieth orbital launch. For Wednesday’s launch, the PSLV flew in its most powerful configuration, the PSLV-XL.

IRNSS is designed to use seven satellites in geosynchronous orbits. It will provide India with a satellite navigation system that is not reliant upon other nations’ space assets. The final two satellites of the constellation are scheduled for launch in February and March, though ISRO has recently announced plans for four additional reserve spacecrafts as well.