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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.[1][3][4]

PSLV-C26/IRNSS-1C
Mission typeNavigation
OperatorISRO
COSPAR ID2014-061A
SATCAT no.40269
Mission duration10 years[1]
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftIRNSS-1D
BusI-1K
ManufacturerISRO Satellite Centre
Space Applications Centre
Launch mass1,424.5 kilograms (3,140 lb)[1]
Dry mass598 kilograms (1,318 lb)
Power1,660 W[1]
Start of mission
Launch date15 October 2014, 20:02 UTC (2014-10-15UTC20:02Z)
RocketPSLV-XL C26
Launch siteSatish Dhawan FLP
ContractorISRO
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude83° East[1]
Perigee altitude35,697 kilometres (22,181 mi)[2]
Apogee altitude35,889 kilometres (22,300 mi)[2]
Inclination4.78 degrees[2]
Period1436.12 minutes[2]
Epoch23 January 2015, 21:16:09 UTC[2]
 

SatelliteEdit

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.[5]

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.[3] The satellite is powered by two solar arrays, which generate up to 1,660 watts, and has a life-time of ten years.

IRNSS-1C was launched successfully on 16 October 2014 at 1:32 am IST from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.[6] An update from ISRO's official Facebook page on 18 October 2014 states that

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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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "PSLV-C26/IRNSS-1C" (PDF). Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "IRNSS 1C Satellite details 2014-061A NORAD 40269". N2YO. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "IRNSS". space.skyrocket.de. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  4. ^ "India launches third navigation satellite". Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  5. ^ "ISRO: After GSLV launch, PSLV C24 with IRNSS-1B likely in March". India. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/indias-pslvc26-rocket-launches-third-navigation-satellite-irnss1c/article6504091.ece

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