Indian space agency ISRO is all set to launch its fourth navigation satellite IRNSS-1D on March 28, and the repaired satellite will be re-mounted on PSLV-27 vehicle at Satish Dhawan Stellite Launch Centre in Sriharikota by this week.
The launch was delayed after a glitch in the telemetry transmitter in IRNSS-1D. Otherwise, it was scheduled to lift off on March 9 earlier.
With the IRNSS-1D, India’s own GPS (Global Positioning System) will be completely in operation and India joins the club of US, Russia, China and Japan with its own navigation system that will be used by both government and private operators in the country.
ISRO Chairman A.S. Kirankumar, while addressing reporters after inaugurating a Moon Mission exhibition at a school in Gadag district, said ISRO is planning to launch at least 7 more satellites this year itself, while other scientists put that figure at 10.
Otherwise, echoing the NASA model, Indian Space Research Organisation said it is already promoting some minor space experiments among the students across the country and hopes to instill enthusiasm on space research among them.
Referring to ISRO portal bhuvan.nsrc.gov.in, he said it was put to use during the natural calamities on crowd-sourcing model and future plans include involving rural students in samples collection.
“We receive abundant data pertaining to soil, water bodies and watershed development. We would like to collect samples of water bodies through students, especially those from rural areas, test them in our laboratories and validate the data that we already have,” he told reporters.
Earlier, Kirankumar inaugurated an exhibition on ‘Moon Mission’ at School Chandan in Laxmeshwar in Gadag district, Karnataka, which has displayed a model of the “Moon Mission” developed by the rural students with help from an ISRO space scientist.