India successfully launches first navigational satellite

In a landmark journey into a new era of space applications, India has successfully launched its first dedicated navigation satellite, IRNSS-1A, using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV. The satellite blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The 1,425 kilograms PSLV C22, after four stages of ignition and separation, was successfully injected into orbit at exactly one minute past twelve. This was the first time that ISRO carried out a launch operation in the dead of the night.

The data from the satellite will help the country in a range of fields, including disaster management, vehicle tracking, fleet management and marine navigation. It is designed 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, which is its primary service area. ISRO Chairman Dr. K Radhakrishnan expressed happiness after the satellite's successful launch.
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