The 64-and-a-half-hour countdown for the launch of PSLV-C22, carrying India’s first dedicated navigation satellite IRNSS-1A on July 1, began today at Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, some 80 km from here.

“The 64-and-a-half-hour countdown for the launch of PSLV-C22, which will carry IRNSS-1A started this morning at 7.11 a.m. We are on schedule and everything is normal,” ISRO spokesman Deviprasad Karnik told PTI.

ISRO said the satellite, with navigation and ranging payloads, would provide accurate positional information to users as well as the whole region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary.

IRNSS-1A has already been mounted on an ‘XL’ version of the launch vehicle, ISRO’s 24th mission of a PSLV.

IRNSS-1A, which will be launched at 11.41 p.m. on July 1, is one of seven satellites constituting the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) space segment.

(This article was published on June 29, 2013)
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