PSLV-C39 carrying IRNSS-1H series satellite, the launch of India’s eighth navigation satellite, on Thursday, will open a new chapter in the country’s history of space exploration as, for the first time, the private sector has been actively involved in assembling and testing of a satellite. Earlier, the private sector’s role was limited only to supplying components.
The 1,425-kg satellite is all set to start its voyage from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, riding the Indian Space Research Organisation’s trusted launch vehicle PSLV-XL.
A consortium drove by Bengaluru-based Alpha Design Technologies effectively finished 25% of the advancement work of IRNSS-1H, under the direction of Isro researchers.
The new 1.4-ton satellite will be more adaptable and good in its administration with the satellites, which are in circle. While IRNSS-1H will join the heavenly body for giving route administrations, IRNSS-1A will be utilized for informing administrations.
According to an ISRO report, similar to its different IRNSS forerunners, IRNSS-1H will likewise convey two sorts of payloads – route payload and running payload. It will likewise convey Corner Cube Retro Reflectors for laser going
The spacecraft was built and tested by ISRO along with a consortium of six small and medium industries. The 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.