The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Monday successfully launched the navigation satellite NVS-01 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. This will further strengthen India’s NavIC navigation system. With the help of NavIC satellites, forces will get accurate information about the locations of the enemies. Apart from these, the navigation service will also be strengthened.
ISRO chief Dr. S. Somnath said that India had 7 NavIC satellites. Out of these only 4 are working. 3 have gone bad. If we were to change all three, by then these 4 would also be useless. That’s why we made preparations to release five Next Generation Navik Satellites NVS. NVS-01 is one of them.
ISRO developed a regional navigation satellite system named Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC). Constellation of 7 satellites work in tandem with ground stations operating 24×7. NavIC was earlier known as Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
The current version of NavIC is compatible with L5 and S bands. This is in accordance with the International Frequency Coordination and Compatibility. The L1 band will help in faster penetration in the civilian sector. NVS-01 and all subsequent satellites will have L1 band.
The GSLV took off at 10:42 am from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. The payload separated from the rocket about 18 minutes after launch. It deployed the NVS-1 satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. Engineers then performed orbit-raising maneuvers to place the satellite in the correct orbit.