Sriharikota, March 10: Indian Space agency ISRO’s sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F was launched on workhouse PSLV C 32 on Thursday at 4:01 PM. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C32 was launched on its 34th mission. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had launched five navigational satellite system under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) earlier. The satellites (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID and 1E) are a part of a constellation of seven satellites which providesposition information service to users across the country. (Also Read: ISRO to launch sixth navigation satellite today)
The first satellite IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013, the second IRNSS-1B in April 2014, the third on October 2014, the fourth in March 2015, and the fifth in January this year. The seven navigation satellites are expected to hit the orbit by the end March 2016. For the IRNSS-1F launch, scientist used XL variant which was used in previous launches of IRNSS satellites. The satellite also carries a highly accurate Rubidium atomic clock along with navigation payload and ranging payload. It will also transmit navigation service signals to users. IRNSS-1F is of 44.4 metre tall and a liftoff mass of 1,425 kg and launched and would be launched in sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub GTO) It has a 12 year mission life.