NEW DELHI, April 28 (Xinhua) — The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Thursday put its seventh satellite — India Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)-1G into the orbit, officials said.
“Apr 28, 2016: PSLV-C33 successfully launches IRNSS-1G,” reads a message displayed on the website of ISRO.
The satellite was put into orbit using indigenous polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) at around 12:50 p.m. (local time), officials said.
India’s state-run broadcaster — All India Radio (AIR) said the 1,425 kilogram satellite was ejected by the launch vehicle around 20 minutes after takeoff.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the entire team of ISRO scientists and the nation for the successful launch,” the broadcaster said.
According to AIR, the constellation of the IRNSS is similar to GPS (global positioning system) of the United States, Glonass of Russia, and Galileo of Europe as well as China’s Beidou.
Officials said IRNSS-1G, was the seventh and last in the constellation of satellites that make up the complete system of nine satellites — seven in orbit and two on the ground as stand-by.
With the navigation system in place, Indian users will be provided accurate position information service across the country extending up to an area of 1,500 km.