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PSLV-C32 successfully launches India's Sixth Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1F



PSLV-C32 successfully launches India's Sixth Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1F 


In its thirty fourth flight, ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C32, successfully launched the 1,425 kg IRNSS-1F, the sixth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) this afternoon from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty third consecutively successful mission of PSLV and the twelfth in its 'XL' configuration. 

After PSLV-C32 lift-off at 1601 hrs (4:01 pm) IST from the Second Launch Pad with the ignition of the first stage, the subsequent important flight events, namely, strap-on ignitions and separations, first stage separation, second stage ignition, heat-shield separation, second stage separation, third stage ignition and separation, fourth stage ignition and satellite injection, took place as planned. After a flight of 19 minutes 34 seconds, IRNSS-1F Satellite was injected to an elliptical orbit of 284 km X 20,719 km inclined at an angle of 17.866 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage. After separation, the solar panels of IRNSS-1F were deployed automatically. ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan, Karnataka took over the control of the satellite. 

In the coming days, four orbit manoeuvres will be conducted from MCF to position the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit at 32.5 deg East longitude. 

IRNSS-1F is the sixth of the seven satellites constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID and IE, the first five satellites of the constellation, were successfully launched by PSLV on July 02, 2013, April 04, 2014, October 16, 2014, March 28, 2015 and January 20, 2016 respectively. All the five satellites are functioning satisfactorily from their designated orbital positions. 

IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1,500 km around the Indian mainland. IRNSS would provide two types of services, namely, Standard Positioning Services (SPS) - provided to all users – and Restricted Services (RS), provided to authorised users. 

A number of ground stations responsible for the generation and transmission of navigation parameters, satellite ranging and monitoring, etc., have been established in eighteen locations across the country. 

IRNSS-1G, the remaining satellite of this constellation, is scheduled to be launched by PSLV in April 2016, thereby completing the IRNSS constellation. 

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ISRO Developing Station in Vietnam 

As part of Space Cooperation between India and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), at the behest of Government of India, is working towards the establishment of a Satellite Tracking & Data Reception Station and Data Processing Facility in Vietnam for ASEAN Member countries. This facility is intended to acquire and process Indian Remote Sensing Satellite data pertaining to ASEAN region and disseminate to ASEAN Member countries. 

Under this initiative, all ASEAN member countries will be allowed to access processed remote sensing data pertaining to their country.

Ground facility is designed in such a way that it will not allow Indian data to be accessed and processed by the system. 

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Improving National Space Programme 

In the year 2016, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to realise (i) the constellation of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, (ii) two earth observation satellites with improved capabilities viz. Cartosat-2C & Resourcesat-2A, (iii) an advanced communication satellite GSAT-18, (iv) two weather satellites namely INSAT-3DR for meteorological observations and SCATSAT-1 for wind vector measurements and (v) development of heavy lift launcher GSLV Mk III to build indigenous capability in launching 4-tonne class satellites. 

Out of the 7 navigation satellites required in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation, five navigation satellites (IRNSS-1A,1B, 1C, 1D & 1E) have already been operationalised in the orbit. The sixth satellite ‘IRNSS-1F’ is scheduled for launch on March 10, 2016. The seventh satellite ‘IRNSS-1G’ is likely to be launched by April 2016. 

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Satellites of other Countries Launched by ISRO 

During the last three years starting from January 2013 until December 2015, a total of 28 International customer satellites belonging to 9 countries were launched viz. Austria (2), Canada (5), Denmark (1), France (1), Germany (1), Indonesia (1), Singapore (7), UK (6), USA (4). These satellites were launched onboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) under the commercial arrangement entered into between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial arm of ISRO and the international customer.

Antrix has earned revenue of 80.6 Million Euros through launching of these 28 international customer satellites.  The Cryogenic Rocket Development Programme is funded by the Government.

FOREIGN SATELLITES LAUNCHED DURING LAST THREE YEARS
S. N.
Satellite Name
Country
Date of Launch
1.       
SAPPHIRE
Canada
25-02-2013

2.       
NEOSSAT
3.       
NLS-8.1
Austria

25-02-2013
4.       
NLS-8.2
5.       
NLS-8.3
Denmark
25-02-2013
6.       
STRAND-1
United Kingdom
25-02-2013
7.       
SPOT-7
France
30-06-2014
8.       
AISAT
Germany
30-06-2014
9.       
NLS 7.1
Canada

30-06-2014
10.   
NLS 7.2
11.   
VELOX-1
Singapore
30-06-2014
12.   
DMC-3/1
United Kingdom

10-07-2015

13.   
DMC-3/2
14.   
DMC-3/3
15.   
Carbonite-1
16.   
De-orbitsail
17.   
LAPAN-A2
Indonesia
28-09-2015
18.   
NLS-14
Canada
28-09-2015
19.   
LEMUR-1
USA
28-09-2015
20.   
LEMUR-2
21.   
LEMUR-3
22.   
LEMUR-4
23.   
TeLEOS-1
Singapore
16-12-2015
24.   
VELOX-C1
25.   
KentRidge-1
26.   
VELOX-II
27.   
Athenoxat-1
28.   
Galassia


This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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