Amid the success of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission to the Red Planet, ISRO scientists are working towards the launch of the country’s next rocket PSLV-C26, which would carry IRNSS 1C satellite, the third in the IRNSS series from Sriharikota on October 9. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questioned
“We are working towards the launch of IRNSS 1C, which is tentatively scheduled around 2 am on October 9. The stacking of PSLV C26 stage 2 has been completed. This is identical to the earlier ones in the series IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B. The countdown for the launch would be a bit longer for over 60 hours and likely to commence on October 6,” a senior ISRO official told PTI. Also Read - Today's Google doodle is all about India's 'satellite man': Here's all you need to know
As part of its aspirations to build a regional navigational system equivalent to Global Positioning System of the US, ISRO had planned to send seven satellites to put in place the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS). The first two satellites in the series, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B, were launched from Sriharikota on July 1 last year and April 4 this year respectively. Also Read - ISRO joins hands with MapmyIndia to develop a Google Maps rival
ISRO needs to launch at least four of the seven satellites to start the operations of the IRNSS, the official added. Being developed by India, IRNSS is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area. IRNSS’ applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management. IRNSS is similar to US’ Global Positioning System, Russia’s Glonass and Europe’s Galileo. China and Japan too have similar systems named Beidou and Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System respectively, ISRO officials said.