Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched IRNSS-1I on April 12, 2018.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off into space from Sriharikota off the coast of Andhra Pradesh at 4:04 am carrying IRNSS-1I.
The rocket with a height of 44.4 meters and a weight of 321 tonnes carried IRNSS-1I lifted from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
The primary purpose of IRNSS is to create India’s own navigation system which would be quite similar to the US’ GPS or Global Positioning System. IRNSS can also provide ‘accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary’. IRNSS-1I also carries two types of payloads for navigation and ranging. The navigation payload will transmit navigation service signals to the users, while the ranging payload consists of a C-band transponder, which facilitates accurate determination of the range of the satellite.