The countdown is begin for the launch of India’s seventh and final navigation satellite on Tuesday afternoon started at 9:20am at Sriharikota rocket port of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).
Sriharikota said,” The rocket polar satellite launch vehicle will explode off from the first launch pad at 12:50pm on April 28 and The rocket port is in Andhra Pradesh, around 80km from in Sriharikota”.
The satellite Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1G (IRNSS-1G ) is part of a constellation of seven satellites to give exact location information service to users across the region, widen up to an area of 1,500km.
The full system includes nine satellites – seven in orbit and two on the ground as stand-by, the navigation services may be developed operational with four satellites.
Each one satellite costs about Rs. 150 crores while the PSLV-XL version rocket costs around Rs. 130 crores. The seven rockets would require spending of about Rs. 910 crores.
Furthermore, ISRO is developing the front end RF chips for the satellite navigation system. Isro chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said “The initial version is projected to be ready in this year”.