India successfully launches IRNSS-1G

Date: April 28, 2016

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Indian Space Research Organisation has accomplished the daunting task of developing the country's own navigation system with the successful launch of IRNSS-1G.This sattelite is the last in the series of seven navigation satellites to be put into orbit. PSLV C33 carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1G lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 12.50 pm. Around 20 minutes after liftoff, PSLV-C33 successfully placed the satellite in orbit. The satellite has a 12-year mission life.

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Here is all you need to know about the IRNSS-1G  

    An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket lifted off successfully on Thursday afternoon with the country's seventh and final navigation satellite, IRNSS-1G, from the rocket port in Sriharikota.
    The PSLV-XL standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 tonnes, tore into the afternoon skies at 12.50 pm breaking free of the earth's gravitational pull.
    Just over 20 minutes into the flight, the rocket would put IRNSS-1G into orbit at an altitude 497.8 km.
    Named the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), it consists of a constellation of seven satellites.
    Six satellites - IRNSS-1A, IRNSS-1B, IRNSS-1C, IRNSS-1D, IRNSS-1E and IRNSS-1F- have already been put into orbit.
    The seventh satellite in the series - IRNSS-1G - weighing 1,425 kg has joined the other six today.
    The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System comprising seven satellites would be able to provide navigation system with much better accuracy and targeted position.
    According to ISRO officials total cost of all the seven satellites was Rs 1,420 crore.
The 51.30 hour countdown for the launch of IRNSS-1G began at 09.20 hours on Wednesday.