Keeping faith in god, Indian space agency ISRO scientists have hurriedly paid a visit to Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji) on Friday, March 27, as the countdown for the launch of IRNSS-1D began.
The scene emulating what ISRO’s former chairman K.Radhakrishnan ushered in by visiting Tirupati before the Mangalyaan mission and several other liftoffs, is no surprise in the temple town that sees many mega-venture CEOs and pioneers taking the blessings of the Lord.
A team of scientists from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh returned to launch the prestigious IRNSS-1D navigation satellite the same day. They have placed a replica of the satellite at the deity’s feet seeking blessings.
Otherwise, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has begun its countdown for the launch of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)-1D satellite weighing 1,425 kg and mounted on launching vehicle PSLV C-27. The 59.5 hours countdown will see the liftoff tomorrow.
ISRO chief AS Kiran Kumar explained its need in simple words: “Using a receiver on ground you can independently locate yourself, you can determine your position in terms of latitude longitude and height. So this will give us independent geographic positioning system in the country.”
The launch, originally scheduled for March 9 was deferred after a glitch in its telemetry transmitter, which was de-mounted and repaired for launch on Sunday.
The IRNSS-1D is 4th in the 7-series navigation satellites and the first three were launched successfully from Sriharikota on July 1, 2013, April 4, 2014 and October 16, 2014.