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India launches its Third Navigation Satellite IRNSS 1C

On Thursday, India successfully launched its third navigation satellite IRNSS 1C on board ISRO’s PSLV C26 rocket, 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. Twenty minutes after the launch, the 1,425.4 kg weighing satellite was placed on the intended orbit by the launch vehicle.

The navigation satellite is expected to provide two types of services- Standard Positioning Service, which is provided to all the users and Restricted Service, which is an encrypted service provided only to the authorised users.

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In July last year, India had launched IRNSS 1A satellite while, IRNSS 1B was released in April this year. IRNSS includes different types of applications like terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, navigation aide for hikers and travellers, visual and voice navigation for drivers.

India began its space journey in 1975 with the launch of “Aryabhatta” using a Russian rocket and till date, it has completed over 100 space missions including missions to the Moon and Mars.

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