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India today launches first navigation satellite

India today will launch its first navigation satellites, designed to create a national navigation system IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System).

Mr.Devi Prasad Karnik , director of ISRO says IRNSS designed in such a way as to provide accurate navigation data and additional services over the territory of India and within a radius of 1500 km from its borders. In addition IRNSS will provide civil services related to transportation management, monitoring, disaster, and civil positioning. For military satellite navigation signal will be encrypted.

The launch with the first satellite is expected today from the territory of Andhra Pradesh in the south-east of the country at 21:41 MSK.

According to the adopted plan now,  Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will consist of seven satellites in geosynchronous orbits at an altitude of 24,000 km , India will launch one satellite every six months, and fully functional navigation system will be in 2015.

The cost of the project amounts to 14.2 billion rupees, or $237 million.

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