ISRO PSLV C26 Launch Postponed for a Week
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV C26 / IRNSS-IC which was supposed to Launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, around 100 kms October 10th, Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS)
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has Announced that “Due to an observation in the telecommand system, the launch has been postponed for a week.”
PSLV C26 / IRNSS-IC which was supposed to Launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, around 100 kms October 10th
The IRNSS-1C, the third navigation satellite, would be launched into a sub-geosynchronous transfer orbit (sub-GTO) with a 284 km perigee (nearest point to Earth) and 20,650 km apogee (farthest point to Earth) with an inclination of 17.86 degree with respect to the equatorial plane.
As part of its aspirations to build a regional navigational system equivalent to GPS of developed countries, India is planning to send seven satellites to put in place the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS).
IRNSS will give India its own indigenous air navigation system, which would provide information on location and time in all-weather conditions. IRNSS is similar to the US' GPS, Russia's Glonass and Europe's Galileo
ISRO needs to launch at least 4 satellites to start operations of the IRNSS' applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management
The first two satellites in the series, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched from Sriharikota on July 1, 2013 and April 4 this year respectively
'A space-based augmentation system for GPS will make a major difference in the way the airports are operated in India. In the next two years India will have several new satellite based services. Value-added services from the use of navigation will also help the public. Civil aviation would benefit immensely from this endeavour.