India successfully launches second navigation satellite IRNSS 1B
Zee Media Bureau
Sriharikota: It`s another achievement for India. India has successfully launched its second navigational satellite IRNSS 1B on board PSLV-C24.
Indian Space Research Organisation`s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C24 placed the IRNSS IB in precise orbit about 19 minutes after a perfect lift-off at 5.14 pm from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, around 80 kms from Chennai.
A happy ISRO Chairman, K Radhakrishnan, announced "PSLV, in its 25th successive successful flight, injected IRNSS-1B very precisely. I thank the entire ISRO team that made this major milestone for the country, thus proving again that India`s PSLV has a place of pride".
The IRNSS 1B is the second of the seven navigational satellite planned by India under the Rs 1,420 crore IRNSS programme. It is basically designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area.
IRNSS` applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management.
IRNSS is similar to US` Global Positioning System, Russia`s Glonass and Europe`s Galileo. China and Japan too have similar systems named Beidou and Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System respectively, ISRO officials said.
(With Agency Inputs)
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