IRNSS-1C is the third out of seven in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) series of satellites after IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B. The IRNSS constellation of satellites is slated to be launched to provide navigational services to the region. It was launched on 15 October 2014 at 20:02 UTC by PSLV-C26 and will be placed in geostationary orbit.
|Mission duration||10 years|
|Manufacturer||ISRO Satellite Centre|
Space Applications Centre
|Launch mass||1,424.5 kilograms (3,140 lb)|
|Dry mass||598 kilograms (1,318 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||15 October 2014, 20:02 UTC|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan FLP|
|Perigee altitude||35,697 kilometres (22,181 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||35,889 kilometres (22,300 mi)|
|Epoch||23 January 2015, 21:16:09 UTC|
The satellite will help augmenting the satellite based navigation system of India which is currently under development. The navigational system so developed will be a regional one targeted towards South Asia. The satellite will provide navigation, tracking and mapping services.
IRNSS-1C satellite will have two payloads: a navigation payload and CDMA ranging payload in addition with a laser retro-reflector. The payload generates navigation signals at L5 and S-band. The design of the payload makes the IRNSS system inter-operable and compatible with Global Positioning System (GPS) and Galileo systems. The satellite is powered by two solar arrays, which generate up to 1,660 watts, and has a life-time of ten years.
Navigation Satellite IRNSS 1C Update:
The second orbit raising operation of IRNSS-1C is successfully completed by firing the Apogee Motor for 1,563 seconds. The current orbital parameters are:
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