Vastavam web: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully launched the PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I from Satish Shawan Space Centre SHAR in Sriharikota. IRNSS-1I, is a navigation satellite and the eighth such satellite to be a part of a constellation.The PSLV-C41/IRNSS-1I Mission lifted off at 04:04 AM on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated ISRO over the successful launch. “Congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1I by PSLV. This success will bring benefits of our space programme to the common man. Proud of team,” the PM has tweeted this morning.
The launch was ISRO’s second attempt at sending a replacement satellite. Notably, the previous mission of a PSLV carrying IRNSS-1H in August last year failed after the heat shield covering the satellite failed to separate. This also comes two weeks after the space agency launched GSAT-6A on board GSLV Mk-II but the rocket placed GSAT-6A in orbit, ISRO lost communication with the satellite.