The Indian Space Research Organisation launched a 2232-kilogram NavIC satellite on its sixth launch of 2023. GSLV F12 launched NVS-1 from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
The first of the next-generation NavIC satellites, NVS-1, enhances the nation’s navigational capabilities. The Civil Aviation sector’s rising need for better location, navigation, and timing inspired the system.
NavIC satellites provide terrestrial, aerial, and maritime transportation, location-based services, personal mobility, resource monitoring, surveying and geodesy, scientific research, time dissemination and synchronization, and safety-of-life alert dissemination.
The cargo has a Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad-developed Rubidium atomic clock. “It is an important technology that only a handful of countries possess,” Isro said.
The network reaches India and 1500 miles beyond. Signals give 20-meter user location accuracy and 50-nanosecond timing precision.
The NavIC system uses the protected L5 band for the Indian system. To expand services, the May 29 NVS-1 includes L1 band transmissions.
India’s three-stage GSLV rocket has launched domestic and client satellites successfully.
Isro deemed the mission complete 19 minutes after the spacecraft was deployed. Congratulations on the successful GSLVF12 mission. The spacecraft orbits precisely.
This mission follows the GSLV F10 cryogenic state failure. “I’m glad our updates and changes to make the stage more reliable worked,” Isro chairman S Somnath said after the trip.
After the April PSLV launch with two Singaporean satellites and seven Indian experiments, this is the second Indian space agency flight in a month and the fifth of the year. The PSLV-C55 mission launched two satellites, including the SAR payload TeLEOS-2.