NavIC : ISRO Likely To Launch New Navigation satellite on May 29, 2023

Five years have passed since India launched its last navigation satellite, but that is about to change. The country’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has announced that it will be launching a new navigation satellite, IRNSS-1I, to complete its NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) system.

NavIC is India’s indigenous satellite-based navigation system that provides positioning, navigation, and timing services to users in the country and the surrounding region. It consists of a constellation of seven satellites in orbit, with IRNSS-1I being the eighth and final satellite in the series.

The launch of IRNSS-1I was originally scheduled for April 12, 2018, but had to be postponed due to technical issues with the rocket. ISRO has now rescheduled the launch for April 12, 2018, and is confident that all systems are go.

Once IRNSS-1I is successfully launched and becomes operational, NavIC will provide accurate and reliable positioning and timing services to users in India and its neighboring countries. The system is expected to have a wide range of applications, including in aviation, maritime, surveying, and disaster management.

India has made significant strides in its space program over the years, with a number of successful satellite launches and space missions. The country has also been active in international collaborations and partnerships, including with the United States, Russia, and France.

The launch of IRNSS-1I is a testament to India’s growing capabilities in space technology and its commitment to developing its own indigenous navigation system. With NavIC, India will join the ranks of other countries with their own satellite-based navigation systems, such as the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s BeiDou.

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