ISRO successfully launches India's sixth navigational satellite

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): An Indian rocket on Thursday evening blasted off successfully with the country's sixth navigation satellite called IRNSS-1F from the rocket port in Sriharikota.

ISROIndian Space Research Organisation's sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F, on-board PSLV-C32 before its launch from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. Pic/PTI

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-XL version standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 tonnes tore into the evening sky at 4.01 p.m., breaking free of the earth's gravitational pull.

Watch the launch of PSLVC32/ IRNSS1F into the orbit here

As the rocket went up, its engine roar reverberated over the media centre like a rolling thunder much to the thrill of the people here.

Named the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), the system consists of a constellation of seven satellites, of which five - IRNSS-1A, IRNSS-1B, IRNSS-1C, IRNSS-1D and IRNSS-1E - have already been put into orbit.

The sixth satellite -- IRNSS-1F weighing 1,425 kg -- is expected to join the other five soon.

Just over 20 minutes into the flight, the rocket would put into orbit IRNSS-1F at an altitude 488.9 km.

The satellite's life span is 12 years, an ISRO official said.

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