India successfully launched the NVS-01 satellite aboard the GSLV-F12 rocket, marking a significant step in enhancing the country’s navigation system, NavIC. The launch took place at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, with liftoff occurring at 05:12 UTC on May 29th.
This deployment signifies the beginning of India’s second generation of indigenous navigation satellites, aimed at bolstering the capabilities of the regional satellite navigation network developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Driving Innovation: India’s NavIC Navigation System
India launched the NVS-01 satellite aboard the GSLV-F12 to enhance the NavIC navigation system. NavIC, previously known as IRNSS, is a regional satellite navigation system established by ISRO to meet India’s positioning, navigation, and timing needs.
NavIC consists of 7 satellites in geostationary and geosynchronous orbits, along with a network of ground stations. It offers two services: the Standard Position Service (SPS) for civilians and the Restricted Service (RS) for strategic users. These services operate in L5 and S bands, providing accurate positioning and timing information.
With applications in transportation, location-based services, resource monitoring, and more, NavIC plays a crucial role in diverse sectors. It is interoperable with other global navigation satellite systems like GPS, Glonass, Galileo, and BeiDou, enabling users to utilize multiple satellite systems for navigation.
GSLV-F12/NVS-01 mission is set for launch on Monday, May 29, 2023, at 10:42 hours IST from SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota. https://t.co/bTMc1n9a1n— ISRO (@isro) May 23, 2023
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Successful Mission: NVS-O1 Satellite Deployed with Precision
GSLV-F12/NVS-01 mission has been successfully completed. The NVS-01 satellite was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with precise accuracy after a smooth 19-minute flight. In the coming days, additional orbit-raising maneuvers will be executed to position the satellite into its designated Geosynchronous orbit.
The GSLV-F12 launcher played a crucial role in the launch success. Standing 51.73 meters tall and with a takeoff mass of 420 tons, it has proven its reliability since its first flight in 2001. With the use of the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) since 2014, the GSLV-F12 has contributed significantly to the expansion of India’s space capabilities.
India’s impressive strides in space exploration, coupled with ISRO’s unwavering dedication, highlight their pioneering spirit and relentless pursuit of innovation.