Indian Space agency Isro’s sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F will be launched on board trusted workhorse — PSLV C32 — at 4pm on 10th March from the Satish Dhavan Space Centre at Sriharikota about 100 km from Chennai. The satellite is aimed at providing navigation services on par with the US-based Global Positioning System. The 54-and-half hour countdown began on Wednesday after the Mission Readiness Review Committee and Launch Authorisation Board cleared it and currently, it was “progressing normal”, Isro officials said to media.
The space agency had launched five navigation satellites before, under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite system. The five satellites already launched are IRNSS-1A on July 1,2013, IRNSS-1B on April 4, 2014, IRNSS-1C on October 16, 2014, IRNSS-1D on March 28, 2015 and IRNSS-1E on January 20, 2016.
As In its previous five launches of IRNSS satellites.PSLV-c32 will use ‘XL’version of pslv.This is the twelth time ‘XL’ configuration is being flown, earllier eleventh being PSLV-C11/Chandrayan-1, PSLV-C17/GSAT-12, PSLV-C19/RISAT-1, PSLV-C22/IRNSS-1A, PSLV-C25/Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, PSLV-C24/IRNSS-1B, PSLV-C26/IRNSS-1C, PSLV-C27/IRNSS-1D, PSLV-C28/DMC3, PSLV-C30/ASTROSAT and PSLV-C31/IRNSS-1E misssions.