[SatNews] This will be the third of the seven satellites planned for the formation of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided to postpone the launch of India's third navigational satellite IRNSS-1C by a week. According to an ISRO post on Facebook and a report by All India Radio said the launch has been postponed due to an observation in the telecommand system.
The Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle was slated to carry the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System-1C or IRNSS-1C in the early hours of October 10. IRNSS 1C is the third of the seven satellites planned for the formation of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. All the seven satellites are planned to be in space by next year.
The first two satellites in the series, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched from Sriharikota on July 1, 2013 and April 4, 2014, respectively.
Being developed by India, IRNSS is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as the region extending upto 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area. IRNSS is similar to the U.S.' Global Positioning System, Russia's Glonass and Europe's Galileo. China and Japan also have similar systems, 'Beidou' and 'Quasi Zenith', ISRO officials said.
ISRO will launch the third of seven series of satellites to put in place India's own navigation system on par with U.S.' Global Positioning System (GPS) from the spaceport of Sriharikota on October 10. The launch has been scheduled at 1.56 AM on October 10, ISRO said today.
The IRNSS 1C satellite would be launched on the 28th flight of India's PSLV-C26 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
As part of its aspirations to build a regional navigational system equivalent to Global Positioning System of the US, ISRO plans to send seven satellites to put in place the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS). ISRO needs to launch at least four of the seven satellites to start operations of the IRNSS, ISRO officials said.
IRNSS' applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management.