ISRO to launch sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F today

Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday will launch country's sixth navigation satellite, IRNSS-1F, on Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C32 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The 54-hour countdown for the launch, which is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m., began on Tuesday at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

As in the previous five launches of IRNSS satellites, PSLV-C32 will use 'XL' version of PSLV.

The satellite has two payloads for navigation and ranging. 

The navigation payload of IRNSS-1F will operate in L5 and S band and will transmit navigation service signals to the users. The ranging payload will operate in C-band and will facilitates accurate determination of the range of the satellite.

IRNSS-1F is the sixth navigation satellite in the IRNSS space system, which comprises of seven satellites.

Till date, ISRO has launched five regional navigational satellites, IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C, ID and 1E, as part of a constellation of seven satellites to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region.

(Image courtesy: ISRO)

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