ISRO launches India’s fifth navigation satellite IRNSS-1E

NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched India’s fifth navigation satellite IRNSS-1E.

The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite system, IRNSS, consists of seven satellites to provide real-time data on the position of objects to aid road, air and maritime traffic apart from providing mapping and tracking services.

RNSS-1E is the fifth navigation satellite in the IRNSS space system, comprising seven satellites, which would be on par with US-based GPS once the full complement of spacecraft is launched.

It has configuration similar to its predecessors IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C and 1D and carries two types of payloads – navigation and ranging payload.

The navigation payload will transmit navigation service signals to the users and operating in L5-band and S-band while the other consists of a C-band transponder that facilitates accurate determination of the range of the satellite.

IRNSS-1E has a lift off mass of 1,425 kg and carries Corner Cube Retro Reflectors for laser ranging and a highly accurate rubidium atomic clock (also part of the navigation payload of the satellite).

While four satellites would be sufficient to start operations of the IRNSS system, the remaining three would make it more accurate and efficient.

The four satellites that were already launched include IRNSS-1A on July 1, 2013, while IRNSS-1B on April 4, 2014.

LIVE: Scientists at @isro closely observing the flight parameters of launched a few minutes ago.

IRNSS-1C was launched on October 16, 2014 and IRNSS-1D on March 28, last year.

(With PTI Inputs)