On Monday the next navigational satellite with a GSLV rocket was launched by ISRO from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota. It will help in getting real-time positioning and timing services over the Indian continent and will cover the region of approx 1,500 km around the mainland.
This will be the first satellite that is intended to Navigate with Indian Constellation (NavIC) services. NVS series of satellites have enhanced features to integrate with NavIC.
An indigenous atomic clock will be the first to be integrated into NVS-01. The L1 band signals are incorporated into the series in addition to widening the services.
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle reported to be 51.7 meters tall carried its 15th flight of the navigation satellite NVS-01 which weighs 2,232 kg. In the flight of 19 minutes Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit was injected with the NVS-O1 satellite in a precise manner. ISRO said that at a later stage, the orbit-raising maneuvers will take NVS-01 into the intended Geosynchronous orbit. ISRO informed that the scheduled time to deploy the satellite from the rocket geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) is 20 mins from an altitude of approx 251 km.
These satellites have features like terrestrial, aerial, and maritime navigation, precision agriculture, location-based services in mobile devices, and marine fisheries, among many others, and can carry the Rubidium atomic clock.
This is the sixth operational flight with an indigenous cryogenic stage from GSLV and is expected to be better in 12 years.