PSLV-C41/IRNSS1I Mission Sucessful: India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty-third flight (PSLV-C41) in XL configuration launched IRNSS-1I Satellite from First Launch Pad (FLP) of SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. The ‘XL’ configuration of PSLV is used for the twentieth time. The IRNSS-1I is the eighth satellite to join the NavIC navigation satellite constellation. PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I Mission was launched on today, April 12, 2018 at 04:04 Hrs (IST).. “ISRO reports the mission has been successfully accomplished”..
Congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1I by PSLV. This success will bring benefits of our space programme to the common man. Proud of team @isro!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 12, 2018
After the launch, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said that, “I am extremely happy to announce that the 8th navigation satellite of India was launched successfully into the NAVIC constellation. We are moving towards a major goal. This NAVIC constellation will create history.”
The Agency (ISRO) today successfully launched the PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I from Satish Shawan Space Centre SHAR in Sriharikota. IRNSS-1I, is a navigation satellite and the eighth such satellite to be a part of a constellation.
The launch was ISRO’s second attempt at sending a replacement satellite. Notably, the previous mission of a PSLV carrying IRNSS-1H in August last year failed after the heat shield covering the satellite failed to separate. This also comes two weeks after the space agency launched GSAT-6A on board GSLV Mk-II but the rocket placed GSAT-6A in orbit, ISRO lost communication with the satellite.
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IRNSS-1I is expected to replace IRNSS-1A, the first of the seven navigation satellites, that was rendered ineffective after its three rubidium atomic clocks failed. The seven satellites are part of the NavIC navigation satellite constellation.
“ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organisation, declared the 43rd mission of the PSLV a success after it placed the IRNSS 1I satellite into a precise orbit. The last satellite launch for the satellite-aided navigation NAVIC programme by the PSLV had failed in August 2017.”
Earlier, the Space Agency said, “India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty-third flight (PSLV-C41) in XL configuration will launch IRNSS-1I Satellite from First Launch Pad (FLP) of SDSC (Satish Dhawan Space Centre), Sriharikota.”
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The ‘XL’ configuration of PSLV is used for the twentieth time. The IRNSS-1I is the eighth satellite to join the NavIC navigation satellite constellation, Added, ISRO.