ISRO launches NVS-01, India’s second-gen NaVIC Satellite in southern India
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, southern India's Andhra Pradesh. Date: 2023-05-29
The Indian Space Research Organisation launched India’s first second-generation satellite in southern India’s Andhra Pradesh.
The incident took place at ISRO’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from the Second Launch Pad, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on on May 29.
Visuals showed the satellite was successfully launched, soared into the sky with a trail of smoke behind it, swiftly heading towards the vastness of the heavens.
The satellite, called NVS-01, was launched atop ISRO’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) at 10:42 am IST, from the Second Launch Pad, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The launch vehicle used for this mission is called GSLV-F12.
NVS-01 is a navigation satellite and will be a part of the Navigation with Indian Constellation (NaVIC) services. The satellite weighs about 2,232 kilograms, and is equipped with an indigenous atomic clock.
NVS-01 was injected precisely into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit after a flight of about 19 minutes, ISRO said in a mission update.
The Indian space agency also said that the GSLV-F12/NVS-01 mission is accomplished
In order to reach the intended geosynchronous orbit, the satellite will perform orbit-raising manoeuvres.
NVS satellites will have enhanced NavIC features, and incorporate L1 band signals.
In October 2022, ISRO announced its plans to expand the NavIC system in order to increase its use in the civilian sector and by ships and aircraft travelling at large distances from India’s borders
NaVIC, earlier known as the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), is designed with a constellation of seven satellites, three of which are placed in geostationary orbit, and four are placed in an inclined geosynchronous orbit. The system also includes a network of ground stations operating 24×7.