India's first private sector satellite to be launched by ISRO today
August 31, 2017  08:41
India is ready to launch its first private sector-built navigation satellite today at 6.59 pm from Sriharikota. The satellite will replace one of NAVIC's seven satellites that is malfunctioning. The 1425 kg IRNSS-1H satellite will lift off on the back of PSLV, India's workhorse that will be on its 41st flight.

The Indian space agency has conducted 150 missions over the last three decades, staring with Aryabhatta in 1975. But with India setting its sight on becoming one of the key suppliers of commercial satellites, it was decided to rope in the private sector. In the future, it is the private sector which is expected to take the lead.

The launch vehicle PSLV-C39 will use the 'XL' version of  PSLV equipped with six strap-ons, each carrying 12 tons of  propellant.
The over 1,400 kg spacecraft was built and tested by ISRO along with a consortium of six small and medium  industries.
The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed by India on par with US-based GPS.
The system that offers services like terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, navigation aide for hikers and travellers, visual and voice navigation for drivers, was named 'NavIC' (Navigation with Indian Constellation) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
ISRO had launched seven satellites - IRNSS-1G on April 28, 2016, IRNSS-1F (March 10, 2016), IRNSS-1E (January 20, 2016), IRNSS-1D (March 28, 2015), IRNSS-1C (October 16, 2014), IRNSS-1B (April 4, 2014) and IRNSS-1A on July 1, 2013.
According to ISRO officials, the total cost of all the seven satellites was Rs 1,420 crore.
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