Indian navigation satellite’s orbit raised

Chennai, April 5: The Indian space agency Saturday raised further the orbit of its second navigation satellite by around 4,200 km by firing the space craft’s onboard motor for around seven minutes, said a senior official.

“The satellite’s motor was fired for around seven minutes today (Saturday) evening. Post raising the satellite’s elliptical orbit is 292.7 x 24,830 km,” an official of the space agency told IANS preferring anonymity.

Another orbit raising activity is slated for Sunday evening.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Friday launched Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1B (IRNSS-1B) satellite using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The 1,432 kg IRNSS-1B satellite is the second of the seven satellites to form the entire navigation system used for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management.

India plans to launch two more such satellites this year so that the first signals can be obtained by the end of 2014.

IANS