Sriharikota, April 28: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday afternoon launched India’s own navigational satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) — IRNSS-1G from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This is the seventh and last navigation satellite launched by team ISRO under the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The ISRO team on Tuesday morning started the countdown for the launch of the IRNSS from their headquarter located in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The 51:30 hours countdown that began on Tuesday morning ended at 12:50 PM on Thursday when IRNSS-1G on board Polar satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket – PSLV-C33 – blasted from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC).

The launch took place under the presence of PM Modi, who also lauded the efforts made by team ISRO. PM Modi said, “First of all I would like to thank the entire ISRO team. In space science, our scientists have achieved many accomplishments. Through space science lives of people can be transformed”. (ALSO READ: ISRO successfully launches navigation satellite IRNSS-1F)

He further said, “This is a precious gift given by Indian scientists to the people of nation. We will determine our own paths powered by our technology with this successful launch. Indian sailors used to determine their paths observing position of stars and speed of moon and sun. Now technology will help great deal in this”.

PM Modi dedicated today’s successful launch to Indian sailors and fishermen for their courage of exploring the unexplored and said that the world will know it as a ‘Navic’.

P Unnikrishnan, director of ISRO earlier said to IANS, “The countdown started at 9:20 AM. The rocket PSLV-XL (polar satellite launch vehicle) will blast off from the first launch on Thursday”. The IRNSS-1G has a lift-off mass of 1425 kg and carries two types of payloads – navigation payload and to raging payload, explains ISRO.

Today’s launch will complete the Space Segment – India’s regional navigation system compared to United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS) that provides location and time details accurately worldwide.

Earlier ISRO had launched IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 1F in July 2013, April 2014, October 2014, March 2015, january 2016 and March 2016, respectively. Three out of seven satellites have been positioned in geostationary orbit, while four others, including IRNSS-1G, is a part of geosynchronous orbit.

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