Indian Space Research Organization is now ready with its new navigation satellite launch today from Sriharikota. The satellite IRNSS-1D onboard the PSLV-C27 is the fourth navigation satellite out of the seven satellite series in the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) series after IRNSS-1A, IRNSS-1B and IRNSS-IC. India unlike the US will advance towards having its own Global Positioning System (GPS).
The satellite will be launched from Sriharikota on Saturday at 5.19 pm. The launch was earlier slated for March 9 but had to postpone it because of some problem in telemetry transmitters.
The satellite IRNSS-1D is one among the seven IRNSS constellation of satellites slated to be launched to provide navigational services to the region. It will be placed in the geosynchronous orbit.
The fifth of the IRNSS series is scheduled around August this year for launch. Once five of them are in the constellation, India can have its own GPS like that of the US. The system would provide two types of services — Standard Positioning Service, which is provided to all users and Restricted Service, which is an encrypted service provided only to authorized users.
The satellite will provide navigation, tracking and mapping services.