ISRO satisfied with countdown of sixth navigation satellite launch

Chennai : The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the progress of the countdown ahead of the launch of its sixth navigation satellite in the orbit from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C32 to place satellite 1,425-kg IRNSS-1F in the orbit began at Satish Dhawan Space Centre yesterday.

“We have the launch of our 6th satellite tomorrow. All things are progressing satisfactorily,” ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar told reporters here.

IRNSS-1F is the sixth navigation satellite in the IRNSS space system, which comprises of seven satellites.

Till date, ISRO has launched five regional navigational satellites (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID and 1E) as part of a constellation of seven satellites to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region

The first satellite IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013, the second IRNSS-1B in April 2014, the third on October 2014, the fourth in March 2015, and the fifth in January this year.

The seventh satellite IRNSS-1G is expected to be launched in the second half of 2016. (ANI)