The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Monday launched (launched) a navigation satellite through the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. ISRO says that GSLV-F12 has successfully placed the navigation satellite NVS-01 in the intended orbit.
ISRO plans to launch second generation navigation satellite series
ISRO plans to launch a second generation navigation satellite series, which will ensure continuity of NAVIC (India’s indigenous navigation system) services. The satellite will provide real time position and timing services over an area of about 1500 km around India and mainland.
Countdown started from Sunday morning
According to ISRO, the countdown for the launch has started at 7.12 am on Sunday. The 51.7 meter tall GSLV carrying the NVS-01 navigation satellite weighing 2,232 kg will lift off from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Monday morning in its 15th flight. About 20 minutes after launch, the rocket will place the satellite in Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) at an altitude of about 251 km.
What are navigation satellites?
NavIC satellites (NavIC) are satellites made of a special technology. These satellites are a group of seven satellites to be installed in Earth’s orbit, which will connect with ground stations. These satellites have been specifically designed to strengthen the strength of the armed forces and monitor shipping services. ISRO has developed the GSLV NVS-1 navigator in association with Indian satellites.