First in IRSO history: Mission spread over two days!

By Indo Asian News Service | Tuesday, July 02, 2013 | 1:12:07 AM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), July 2 (IANS) As India's first navigation satellite was Monday midnight successfully placed in orbit, a person present at the launch centre said this was the first time in the history of the Indian space agency that a mission literally took two days - Monday and Tuesday!

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), July 2 (IANS) As India's first navigation satellite was Monday midnight successfully placed in orbit, a person present at the launch centre said this was the first time in the history of the Indian space agency that a mission literally took two days - Monday and Tuesday!

Exactly at 11.41 p.m., the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C22 (PSLV-C22) - standing around 44 metres tall and weighing around 320 tonnes roared off. At around 20 minutes into the flight, the PSLV-C22 spat out IRNSS-1A -- the first of the seven satellites planned under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

The rocket blasted off Monday and the satellite was ejected Tuesday, said a reporter present at the media centre commented in a lighter vein.

Though the rocket was meant to be very fast, "this was the first time in ISRO's history that a mission was spread over two days," he said.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Radhakrishnan said that with the successful launch of the satellite, India had entered "a new era of space applications".

The IRNSS-1A satellite is intended to provide terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation services and help in disaster and fleet management.

The system is similar to the global positioning system (GPS) of the US (24 satellites), Glonass of Russia (24 satellites), Galileo of Europe (27 satellites), China's Beidou (35 satellites) or the Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System with three satellites.

Do you like this article?

Copyright  Indo-Asian News Service

User Rating  Rating(0 Votes)

Views  92

Readers Feedback & Discussion

Join India Forums for free to comment on this story. Have an account already? Login to comment.

News Sci-Tech Articles Index

  

Articles in National, Sci-Tech

Art - Culture Business Diaspora
Education Health Politics
Religion Sports Sci-Tech
Travel

AROUND THE WORLD NOW

Asia America Australia
Africa Europe Gulf-Middle East
Pakistan Nepal Bhutan
Sri Lanka Bangladesh Maldives

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.