PSLV C- 24 - Independent regional space based navigation system

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India, has successfully launched its second satellite during Friday, on April 4, 2014, on board, PSLV C- 24. The ambition of the satellite is to establish an independent regional space based navigation system.

The PSLV C-24 lifted off from the Satish dhawan space centre ,Sriharikota with 44.4 metre tall, with the golden brush behind, about 100 km from Chennai, at 5.14 pm and reached its destination.  Exactly, after 19 minutes, PSLV launched the 1432 IRNSS 1B in the intended orbit above the Earth.
The Chief K. Radhkrishnan said that “ It is the 25th successive flight, India’s second satellite IRNSS-1B very precisely elated.  A total budget is around Rs. 1420 crore, ISRO processed the IRNSS . IRNSS is equivalent to Global positioning system of the United States. The IRNSS-1A already started to function, which has been launched during July, last year. And, he thanked the total ISRO team, as the “major milestone” for the country.

And , he added a point that, “ for the farthest distance we targeted was 20,650 kms plus or minus. And we got 20,630 kms which is just 20 kms”. He proudly said that, they have the plan to launch two more navigation satellites IRNSS 1C and 1D.

The IRNSS – 1 B carries on board two components. One is the navigation payload, meant to beam navigation signals to users on the ground. The other would be the laser ranging payload to track. The IRNSS constellation satellites gives India its own infrastructure for navigation services. Now, most of the navigation providers depend on foreign satellites. We can say proud that, India has the IRNSS constellation , 7 satellites in a place, would cover an area about to 1500 km.

The  IRNSS system will consist of three geostationary satellites and two pairs of spacecraft in inclined geosynchronous orbits.  In an inclined orbit,IRNSS-1B will join IRNSS-1A at a longitude of 55 degree east. In Future launches will deploy a second hair at 111 degrees east, with the geostationary satellites taking up positions at 34,83 and 132 degrees.

IRNSS-1B has been designed to operate for ten years.  C 24 was the sixth vehicle to fly in the PSLV –XL configuration, using larger and more powerful strap-on boosters to augment the thrust of the first stage. It is powered by the liquid-fuelled vikas engine.  Friday’s launch marked India’s second of 2014, which follows the year-opening flight of GSLV D5 when successfully deployed GSAt-14 communications satellite .

India, is planning for more launches of PSLV’s, before the end of the year 2014. The next is expected to carry France’s SPOT-7  spacecraft.

India, will grow more and more on the space research and will go to places !!!. ..
Be proud to be an Indian !!

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