ISRO’s GSLV-F12 successfully launches first 2nd Gen Navigation satellite

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Sriharikota (AP), May 29 : The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s heavy rocket GSLV-F12 today successfully launched the first of the second generation 2,232 kg Navigation Satellite NVS-01 from the SHAR Range here.

After a smooth 27.5 hour countdown, the three-stage 51.73 m tall launch vehicle, with a lift off mass of 420 tonnes, carrying the satellite took off from the Second Launch Pad at 1042 hrs.

As compared to the first generation satellite series, the second generation satellite series includes L1 Navigation band and
encompasses indigenously developed Rubidium atomic clock.
The L1 navigation band is popular for providing PNT (Position Navigation and Timing) services for civilian users and for interoperability with other GNSS signals.

The space-qualified Rubidium atomic clock, indigenously developed by the Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad is an important technology which only a handful of countries possess.

The key applications of NavIC included Terrestrial, aerial and maritime navigation, Precision agriculture, Geodetic surveying, Emergency services, Fleet management, Location-based services in mobile devices, Orbit determination for satellites, Marine fisheries, Timing services for financial institutions, power grids and other government agencies, Internet-of-Things (IoT) based applications and strategic applications.