The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) began the countdown for the launch of the seventh and final navigation satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) or GPS with the launch of its seventh and final satellite in a series from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh today, reports ndtv.com.
With the launch of the IRNSS-1G at 12:50 pm on Thursday, India will have its seventh and final satellite in place to finally launch its own navigational system on the lines of the US’s GPS system, ISRO has launched six regional navigational satellites, IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID, 1E and 1F, which were all a part of a constellation of seven satellites to provide accurate mapping information.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who watched the launch via a live video link, congratulated scientists at India’s space agency ISRO and said “We used to be dependent on others for navigation, today we have become independent. This system is dedicated to our sailors and the world will know the system as Navic,” PM Modi said.
According to ISRO officials total cost of all the seven satellites is Rs. 1,420 crore. ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C33) lifted off from the the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, about 110 km from Chennai, at 12.50 PM and soared into clear skies