India plans to launch the first of the seven navigational satellites — of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation — in June this year, announced the Department of Space (DoS). The IRNSS-1 inaugurating the constellation shall be launched by PSLV-C22, and shall orbit for a four-month testing period. The spate of satellites are intended to provide real-time location, navigation and time services to the user at all times, any weather condition be it. IRNSS targets two main user groups- the common citizen and special authorized users.
India has some 12 missions planned for the coming year, comprising both launch vehicles and satellites. The Rs. 450 Crore Mars Orbiter that is slated for an October-November launch this year, and the GSLV-Mk III experimental venture feature in these missions. With a proud total of 11 functioning remote sensing satellites, India now boasts the largest constellation of remote sensing satellites in the civilian sphere that look up land & water, oceanography, cartography and environment.
Source: Indian Express