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ISRO launches navigation satellite NVS-01 to develop indigenous GPS system

Updated: May 29, 2023 03:13:13pm

ISRO launches navigation satellite NVS-01 to develop indigenous GPS system

Sriharikota, May 29 (KNN) Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday successfully launched NVS-01, a navigation satellite, on board an expendable rocket, GSLV-F12, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The rocket deployed the satellite in a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) nearly 20 minutes after the flight at an altitude of about 251 km, ISRO said.

GSLV-F12 is India's larger rocket, which is crucial for future space missions.


The Indian space agency said that it has the ability to launch even bigger payloads.

The GSLV rocket, which had a failure in the past, carried the NVS-01 satellite onboard, the first of a new generation of communication satellites which is meant for a new constellation of Indian communication satellites.

These satellites will be an Indian alternative to Global Positioning Systems, or GPS, and enable users to get their precision location -- which is crucial for multiple applications, ranging from map services, and regional navigation to positioning data for missiles. 

ISRO has several missions planned this year, including tests ahead of the Gaganyaan human space mission and the launch of Chandrayaan 3 - which aims to place a lander on the surface of the moon.  (KNN Bureau)


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